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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Texas


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For Immediate Release

November 15, 2013

John M. Bales, United States Attorney

Contact: Davilyn Walston, Public Information Officer
(409) 981-7902
davilyn.walston@usdoj.gov

Dallas Man Sentenced in Witness Intimidation Scheme

SHERMAN, Texas – A 48-year-old Dallas man has been sentenced to federal prison for the carjacking of a witness in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Dietrick Lewis Johnson pleaded guilty to carjacking and tampering with a witness on Oct. 15, 2013 and was sentenced to 240 months for the carjacking violation and 125 months for the witness tampering charge today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone. Johnson was ordered to serve the sentences consecutively for a total of 365 months in federal prison.

According to information presented in court, on Mar. 21, 2011, Johnson kidnapped an ex-girlfriend who had a restraining order against him for stalking her. Johnson forced the woman into her vehicle at gunpoint and drove away with her in the car. Once they arrived at Johnson’s apartment, he forced the woman to call the Dallas county District Attorney’s office and request the stalking charges be dropped. Johnson was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 11, 2013.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the McKinney Police Department and the Dallas Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracey Batson.

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