Willie A. Johnson headed back to prison


Willie A. Johnson, who vanished from a Stillwater halfway house last June, and was arrested in the Chicago area on March 17, learned today that he's going back to prison until March 17, 2014.

Johnson had been under "intensive supervised release" and was serving the remainder of a sentence for his role in helping blind murderer Larry Hill escape from Stillwater State Prison in 1989, when he took off. He was last seen in Stillwater on June 3 when security cameras recorded him withdrawing $3,000 from a bank.

Johnson learned his fate today at a revocation hearing at the state prison in Lino Lakes, said Department of Corrections spokeswoman Shari Burt. In addition to to the new time behind bars, he, he will also be required to serve an additional five years in a halfway house

After tying up two guards and a doctor during an eye exam away from prison grounds in 1989, Johnson and Hill made for the home of an acquaintance, Lois Platt, in Apple Valley. Police tracked the pair to her home, and began a two-day stand-off involving more than 100 officers.

Hill was eventually shot dead as he held a knife to the throat of one of Platt's two children. Later, police discovered that Platt had been bound and sexually assaulted during the stand off.