Kendrick K. Johnson, 18, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to theft and a misdemeanor count of escape. Because of the time he has been in jail since his Oct. 19 arrest, Johnson is eligible for release on three years’ probation.
Judge Michael N. Annis gave Johnson credit for time served and sentenced him under the First Offender Act in hopes of giving Johnson a chance to make it without the label “convicted felon,” he said.
Johnson and Wayne Johnson, 19, and three younger teens escaped from the juvenile justice center Oct. 19. Police say they stole a vehicle from a Tobacco Road home and ended up in a wreck on Meadowbrook Drive after the driver tried to flee from a sheriff’s deputy.
Wayne Johnson, who is not related to Kendrick Johnson, was sentenced earlier this year to two years’ incarceration followed by 10 years’ probation. Charges against the younger teens were handled in juvenile court.