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Bond revoked for Arkansas school shooter

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Jonesboro school shooter Mitchell Johnson was turned over to federal marshals Wednesday after a judge revoked his bond on a recent gun and drug conviction because he had been arrested over the weekend.

Johnson, 23, was arrested by Bentonville police Saturday on a marijuana charge and police added a theft charge Tuesday stemming from the use of a debit card at a convenience store where Johnson had worked.

A federal jury convicted Johnson last week of possessing a gun while being a user of or addicted to a controlled substance stemming from a New Year's Day 2007 arrest in northwest Arkansas. His $5,000 bond was revoked Wednesday, said Debbie Groom, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Bob Balfe at Fort Smith.

Johnson was 13 when he and Andrew Golden, then 11, shot at students and teachers at Jonesboro Westside Middle School in northeastern Arkansas in 1998 after Golden pulled a fire alarm. They were found guilty in juvenile court of killing four fellow students and a teacher.

Johnson was incarcerated in an Arkansas juvenile detention center and served time in a federal prison before he was released upon turning 21. Golden presumably received the same punishment, although federal officials will not confirm his release from prison.

Johnson faces up to 10 years in prison for the gun conviction.


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