Bond reduction denied for MGM member

Jan. 22, 2014 @ 08:54 PM

Keylan Douglas Johnson was identified as a member of the Money Gang Mob in Superior Court and request to lower his bond was rejected.

Johnson, 21, was the focus of a nationwide manhunt stemming from a July 20 shooting injury at a Henderson convenience store. He was captured 10 days later in Florida.

Wednesday, he appeared before Vance County Superior Court Judge James Hardin Jr. with defense attorney Scott Hamilton.

Hardin rejected the request to lower Johnson’s $125,000 bond. The prosecution also withdrew a plea offer in the case and Allison Capps, the assistant district attorney, said the case would proceed to trial.

Johnson faces felony charges of assault with a firearm inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon intending to kill, assault by pointing a gun and prior pending charges of fraud and possessing stolen goods.

In opposition of the bond reduction, Capps argued Johnson’s history includes prior violence, gang activity, failure to appear for court. She also said a female victim unable to work since the incident is protected.

The victim was not a part of the incident a 2:30 a.m. on July 20, 2013, according to police reports. Johnson was caught 10 days later.

The victim suffered a gunshot injury, shattering a bone in her upper leg that keeps her from work in a medical career field. She was available for testimony Wednesday.

To date, a wide-ranging investigation has led to the prosecution of 14 MGM members for a total of 144 years and two months. MGM is known to local, state and federal investigators as a criminal organization.

Capps said the $125,000 bond protects a female victim who is still suffering from a bone-shattering injury to the upper leg that keeps her from work in a medical career field.

Capps said Johnson already had a chance to behave civilly on a bond release. He had been free on bond in connection to prior drug charges when the July 20 shooting occurred at Gate City Foods on West Andrews Avenue.

“He was out on bond from that,” Capps said. “Mr. Johnson also has a history of not appearing in court when he is supposed to.”

The MGM investigation is more than a year old and still active.

“Mr. Johnson has been identified as a member of that gang,” Capps said.

In argument for bond reduction, Hamilton said Johnson had family members in the area and had already been in jail six months.

“We are adamantly opposed to any reduction in bond whatsoever,” Capps said.

Capps added that Johnson’s earlier drug charges stemmed from a 2011 investigation.

Lt. Christopher Ball of the Henderson Police Department said in July the fugitive warrant and manhunt was assisted by the Eastern District of North Carolina Violent Fugitive Task Force and the Jacksonville, Fla., and Orlando, Fla., divisions of the Florida/Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Johnson, 20, is listed with a 5532 Raleigh Road, Kittrell, address.

 

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.