A man who a family member of the woman he stabbed to death tried to attack him in court last year was sentenced Thursday to 15 years to life in prison.
Loyal Johnson Jr. wouldn’t even look at the family of Katie Mills as her mother blasted him for killing her daughter. He also had nothing to say before a judge sentenced him to prison possibly for the rest of his life.
“You are, to me, a despicable mass of cells, nothing more. You are not a man. A man does not sneak up behind a woman and stab her to death,” Kathy McNamara-Eley said to Johnson, who kept his back to her.
McNamara-Eley let Johnson know the pain he caused her family.
“We brought her into this world. You had absolutely no right to take her out,” she said.
Johnson was scheduled to stand trial Monday on one count of murder. Instead, he pleaded guilty to the charge, partly to save Mills’ family from the gruesome evidence that surfaces during a trial, his attorney, Steve Chamberlain said.
“There are no words that I will be able to say that will be able to give any comfort to the family,” Chamberlain said.
Johnson, 68, stabbed the 45-year-old Mills to death on July 31. She was stabbed four times. One of the blows hit her heart. Johnson was Mills’ roommate but there was nothing romantic between the two. She was engaged to another man and provided Johnson a place to stay. The stabbing took place inside a home at 650 N. Elizabeth St.
During Johnson’s first court appearance in Lima Municipal Court, a family member of Mills charged Johnson to try to attack him but he was stopped by officers just before he could strike Johnson. That man was held in contempt of court and received a short jail sentence for the outburst.
Prosecutor Juergen Waldick said Johnson stabbed her for no reason. He was angry after she had an argument with someone else and had been drinking. He picked up a knife and stabbed her from behind as she sat at a computer.
Judge David Cheney said this case affected a family more than any other he has seen in presiding over cases as a common pleas judge, municipal and juvenile magistrate. He said Johnson was no stranger to trouble, having served four previous prison sentences. Cheney did not identify the crimes associated with the other sentences.
McNamara-Eley told Johnson she hoped other inmates found out he murdered a defenseless woman.
“May your life in prison be hell on earth and then you burn in hell for eternity,” she said.
By Greg Sowinski - The Lima News, Ohio (MCT)
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