Monique Johnson found guilty of reckless homicide - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

Monique Johnson found guilty of reckless homicide

Monique Johnson was found guilty early Friday evening of reckless homicide in the shooting death of Tony Hayes.

Johnson told the jury she was the victim of long-standing abuse at the hands of Tony Hayes. She said she shot the Memphis cop to keep him from hurting her again. In the end, the jury appeared to have bought it.

Prosecutors call this verdict absolutely unjust.

They pointed out during the trial that Johnson never reported any abuse to police. They argued she shot Hayes six times in a jealous rage because he was seeing other women.

They detailed Johnson's behavior after Hayes was dead. How she recruited her son to help hide the body.

Johnson was facing life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder.

The most she could now spend in prison is between two and four years.

Reckless Homicide was the second to lowest verdict the jury could have reached.

Again, Monique Johnson could get "time served" when she is sentenced.

She has already spent 17 months behind bars.

Johnson's sentencing is set for March 27th.


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