Baby Gabriel Mom Elizabeth Johnson Found Guilty of Three Charges, but Not Kidnapping

Categories: Missing
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for elizabethjohnsonmug.jpg
Elizabeth Johnson
Nearly three years after 8-month-old Gabriel Johnson was reported missing, the boy's mother, Elizabeth Johnson, was not found guilty of kidnapping. However, a jury did find her guilty of unlawful imprisonment and two custodial-interference charges.

The kidnapping charge is the one that Johnson's attorney really fought -- it could have landed Johnson in prison for more than two decades.

See also:
-Baby Gabriel Case Gets Even More Bizarre. Actual Mom and Would-be Mom Point Fingers
-Elizabeth Johnson's New Pen-Pal: the Judge Handling Her Kidnapping Case
-San Antonio Babysitter Claims Baby Gabriel Was Drugged and Had "Sad Look on His Face"

Johnson's attorney, Marc Victor -- who's also running as a Libertarian for U.S. Senate, against Jeff Flake and Richard Carmona -- faced a seemingly impossible task in defending his client.

Victor, who didn't call any witnesses during the trial, attempted to explain the situation to the jury in his closing arguments -- yes, Gabriel is still missing. Yes, the jurors probably hate Johnson, and yes, she's a liar.

However, Victor was trying to pound it into the jury's head that they really only needed to decide one thing -- whether Johnson committed the act of kidnapping.

Prosecutors did spend a good amount of time pretty much painting Johnson as a heartless monster, like their repeated references to the text messages Johnson sent claiming that she'd killed Gabriel. Again, Victor wanted to talk kidnapping.

Victor didn't really contest the custodial-interference charges, but offered a few defenses on the kidnapping charge. Since prosecutors don't know what happened to Gabriel, Victor brought up scenarios that he said didn't amount to kidnapping.

Indeed, the jury appeared to agree. The judge explained that the jury could not decide on the kidnapping charge, but did agree to find Johnson guilty of unlawful imprisonment.

The unlawful imprisonment charge she was convicted on is classified as a domestic-violence charge, which means there could be a possibility that Johnson won't have to serve any more jail time, since she's been jailed since early 2010.

Immediately after the verdict was read, the "aggravation phase" began, which can affect the sentence Johnson receives. We'll keep you posted on the details.



My Voice Nation Help
9 comments
MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

I'm disappointed that this waste of life wasn't convicted on kidnapping.

 

I hope that Texas authorities find little Gabriel and maybe Elizabeth will go to Texas and stand trial there. Good luck finding a sympathetic jury in San Antonio.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

i wouldnt doubt if Joe destroyed crucial evidence in this case also in his "Mad Purge" of any evidence in the cases against him. evidence is evidence, and joe doesnt have time to read what evidence he is shredding before his court dates

tomashbeck
tomashbeck

Even OJ got his. This isn't over...

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

She has not yet been charged with murder. peace

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

She killed the baby and got away with it. She is a monster.

whoneedskids
whoneedskids

I always knew that this little doll was innocent.

luckyluci123
luckyluci123

I really do not understand how a mother can take a child fully intending to keep the child away from the father and not be charged with kidnapping/custodial interference.  To reduce her charge to Domestic Violence is ridiculous.

molly14nx05y
molly14nx05y

It would be nice if you had stated what the punishment range are for the charges she did get convicted of.  Also, you did not mention clearly that it was a HUNG jury on the kidnapping.  Since it is, the state can always retry her.

robhhh
robhhh

@luckyluci123 She was charged and tried for those crimes! What the hell are you talking about?

Now Trending

Phoenix Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

General

Home

Loading...