Augusta woman serving life for murder up for parole

An Augusta woman serving a sentence of life in prison for the 1995 slaying of her boyfriend is being considered for parole.

 

Linda Marie Johnson, 69, could be released in three months, according to a notice from the Board of Pardons and Paroles. Johnson pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to murder on Feb. 16, 1996. She admitted to killing Freddie Lee Mosely.

District Attorney Natalie Paine said she is working on a letter to the parole board opposing Johnson’s release.

Mosely, 39, was the owner of Fast Eddie’s restaurant in Burke County. His body was found in the trunk of Johnson’s car. It had been towed after her son was arrested for possibly driving the vehicle while under the influence. A tow truck driver noticed blood dripping from the trunk and called the sheriff’s department.

Mosely had been shot three times in the head.

Johnson’s son, Lee O. Johnson Jr., who was 18 years old at the time of the slaying, was charged with hindering the apprehension of a criminal. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation.

According to the notice from the parole board, Johnson first became eligible for parole in July 2009, but it has been denied in the past.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

 

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