Man given 30 years in 2013 manslaughter

Published 9:42 pm Monday, April 6, 2015

A Selma man was sentenced to 30 years behind bars Monday for the 2013 murder of 22-year-old Micah Dewayne Johnson.

Ronald Lee Mitchell, 20, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and first-degree assault and was sentenced by Circuit Judge Jack Meigs. Mitchell received 20 years for the manslaughter charge and 10 years for the first-degree assault charge.



“This was another senseless killing in Selma,” said District Attorney Michael Jackson after the sentencing. “We are going to keep shipping theses gunslingers off to prison.”

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According to police reports, Johnson’s mother reported him missing after he didn’t return home the morning of Tuesday, May 21 and failed to return text messages and calls.

The 22-year-old was last heard from on the phone around 3 a.m. by one of his friends Tuesday morning.

Johnson allegedly told his friend to stay on the phone because there was someone in the vehicle with him armed with a gun.

According to the report, Johnson’s phone disconnected after telling his friend he was riding with a man named “T.J.” near Dallas County High School in Plantersville.

Johnson’s body was found the next day, Wednesday, May 22, in the woods near the Selmont side of the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Mitchell, who was the main suspect in the shooting, led officers to the scene of the body after being interviewed.

He initially denied knowing the location of the body and told officers that someone else shot and killed Johnson and dumped the body somewhere.

Mitchell eventually agreed to take investigators to the location of the body after he admitted to shooting Johnson and dumping the body in the woods.

An autopsy revealed that Johnson died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Mitchell was originally charged with murder, but the charge was eventually reduced.