CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A judge sentenced a 28-year-old man to 20 years in prison for the shooting of a North Charleston Police officer in 2012.
Timothy Johnson pled guilty to shooting North Charleston Police officer David Winslette before a jury could be drawn, according to Ninth Circuit Solicitor's Office spokesperson Naomi Nation.
Johnson entered the plea in the Jan. 14, 2012, shooting at the El Cheapo gas station parking lot on Dorchester Road in North Charleston. The plea followed an agreement with prosecutors and the approval of Officer Winslette, Nation said. Johnson's negotiated 20-year sentence was for one count of attempted murder, and the judge also handed down a consecutive five-year sentence suspended on three years of probation for one count of possessing a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, court documents show.
"After many lengthy discussions with NCPD and Officer Winslette, we all agreed this was the best way to eliminate the risks posed by a trial and to get a sentence that takes Johnson off our streets for a long time," Assistant Solicitor Culver Kidd said.
On the night of the shooting, prosecutors say Winslette approached Johnson in the gas station parking lot because Johnson matched the description of a suspect in an iPad theft that took place less than a block away. As Winslette approached Johnson and asked to speak with him, Johnson turned, drew a 9mm pistol from his waistband and fired four shots at Winslette, court documents state.
Prosecutors say the first round struck the officer in his bulletproof vest center mass, the second hit one side of his left knee and exited the other, while the final two shots missed. Johnson then fled on foot into a neighborhood where he was picked up by an accessory, Dontreia Durant, court documents state.
Tips from the community led police to an apartment where they located Johnson, Durant and a second accessory, Cretion Patterson, Nation said. Police charged Durant and Patterson with accessory after the fact of a felony for their roles in harboring Johnson after the shooting, Nation said.
Durant pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years while Patterson pleaded guilty and received a probationary sentence, court records state.