Monique Johnson in jail after violation of probation - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Janice Broach

Monique Johnson in jail after violation of probation

Former Shelby County deputy jailer Monique Johnson testified she was afraid of her boyfriend before she shot him six times.

"I thought he was going to beat my ass," Johnson said.

That final confrontation left Memphis police officer Tony Hayes dead.

After hearing testimony about the abusive relationship, the jury convicted her of a reduced charge of reckless homicide. She was given a four year suspended sentence.

Now she is  behind bars for violation of her probation because she did not seek counseling as ordered by the court.

"By her own admission she attempted to do that but it wasn't complete, so the judge took her into custody," Johnson's attorney Arthur Horne said.

Johnson's attorney said she also did not get a job even though she applied for several as ordered by the court.

"I think she was in shock today when she was taken into custody because she wasn't expecting that. However you've got to do what the judge orders you to do I think that judge Skahan was sending a message that whatever conditions are placed on you you're going to have to do those and take this seriously," Horne said.

Horne said the judge could order Johnson to serve her four year sentence. He said he is not sure why she did not comply with the judges orders.


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