Jonesboro shooter sentenced on drug, theft charges

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Mitchell Johnson, who as a boy killed four students and a teacher with another classmate in a 1998 Jonesboro middle school shooting, has been sentenced to 12 years on state drug and theft charges.

Benton County Circuit Judge Tom Keith sentenced Johnson at a hearing Friday.

Johnson, 24, previously pleaded guilty to theft and financial identity fraud, both felonies, and to misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. Johnson had admitted to taking a debit card left by a disabled man at a Bentonville gas station where he worked and to having some marijuana when he was arrested.

Johnson had faced a maximum sentence of 31 years.

Johnson already faces a four-year federal prison after being convicted of a weapons charge earlier this year. The 12-year term is to be served after his federal prison sentence.

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