Monticello man gets life as persistant felony offender
District Attorney Jim Farrell announced on September 10 that Angelo “Deon” Johnson, 41, of Monticello, N.Y. who was convicted in November of 2017, by a jury of Burglary in the 2nd Degree, a class C violent felony, was sentenced on Friday, September 7, 2018, in Sullivan County Court by Judge Frank LaBuda to 15 years to life imprisonment as a persistent felony offender. Farrell said that the proof at trail established that Johnson knowingly and unlawfully entered a room in a local motel where the victim was living and stole property that belonged to the victim. Johnson was arrested after an investigation by the Monticello Police Department.
Farrell said his office asked the Court to find that Johnson was a persistent felony offender or “three strikes” felon. Johnson was previously convicted in 2008 in Sullivan County Court of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, a class B felony, for selling crack cocaine to an undercover New York State Trooper for which he received 5 years in state prison and previously convicted of Felony Endangering the Welfare of a Child in Middlesex County, N.J. in 2003 for having sexual contact with an 11 year old child for which he received a 4 year prison sentence.
In addition, Farrell said that Johnson’s criminal record, spanning the last twenty-six (26) years, in addition to the two felonies, consisted of twenty –seven (27) misdemeanor convictions including eleven (11) petit larceny convictions, five (5) assault convictions and convictions for obstructing governmental administration, criminal trespass, possession of burglar’s tools, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment. Johnson has spent a considerable part of the last twenty-six years either in prison or in jail as a result of these criminal convictions. Farrell said he asked the Court to declare Johnson to be a persistent felony offender and impose a life sentence because Johnson has chosen a “life of crime” and that society deserved protection from his criminal and antisocial behavior.
“This defendant just does not get it and various criminal sanctions that have been imposed to curb and deter his criminal propensity have all failed, including probation, parole, local jail time and prison time. He continued to commit crimes and has left a long trail of victims and today his victimization of others came to a screeching halt with the imposition of the life sentence by the Court. Thanks to the Monticello Police and their investigation into this burglary and the prosecution of Johnson by my office he has been removed from our community and his life of crime has come to an end in this community.” Farrell said.