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Man Faces Jail Time Following Escape Attempt

20 November 2019 Front Royal/Warren County News

November 20, 2019

FRONT ROYAL – Ray Martin Johnson pleaded guilty to two charges relating to an escape attempt he made in June.

Johnson appeared in the Warren County Circuit Court in June for a bond hearing following drug related charges. At the conclusion of the hearing, after the arrest had been granted, Johnson rushed to the back of the courtroom while he was still unrestrained. He collided with a Virginia State Police trooper who was out of uniform for a court hearing later that morning. Eventually, Johnson was dragged down by a civilian who decided to help with the effort of detaining the 35-year-old Front Royal native.

Johnson pleaded guilty to escape by force and assault and battery on Monday. A five year prison sentence was suspended for the assault of a police officer, and the charge was brought down to general assault and battery. Johnson will finish a 12 month term that includes time served for the lower assault charge.

Following his initial sentence, Johnson will go on probation for two years as a part of the agreement to waive the five year sentence. He will also be back in the Warren County Circuit court on Feb. 10, 2020 for the original drug charges.


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