Convicted Felon Arrested for Rape, Murder in the Village16-Jun-2014
Early Friday morning, a woman called police to say that she and her friend had been sexually assaulted at a home in the Village. When police responded at approximately 7:15 a.m., they found two women savagely attacked, one so severely that she was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital. A little girl who was in the home at the time of the assaults was not injured.
The murder victim is identified as Rachel Rogers, 24. The other woman, whose identity has not been released, is believed to be the girlfriend of the assailant and the mother of the little girl who was at the home. She is expected to recover from her injuries.
Police initially has little to go on in the attack except that the suspect fled the scene in the vehicle of one of his victims. Police got a break later Friday night when they received a call about a drunk driver at an apartment complex in Bethany whose vehicle matched the description of the stolen vehicle.
When they arrived at the scene of the DUI complaint about 8:30 p.m., they discovered Albert Ray Johnson, Jr., 47, who allegedly told them, "I'm the one you're looking for."
Given Johnson's criminal history and the nature of the complaints against him, police say they are fortunate that he was apprehended without incident.
Johnson has spent most of his adult life in prison, having served more than 20 years for a number of violent crimes. An Oklahoma Department of Corrections search shows that Johnson has spent time in prison for offenses ranging from robbery to rape:
- In 1983, he was convicted of second degree rape, robbery, and attempted kidnapping. He was sentenced to 10 years and was incarcerated from April 1983 until March 1992.
- In 1991, he was convicted of escaping from prison and sentenced to 5 years in prison. His sentence ran from October 1992 until March 1997.
- Also in 1991, a month after his conviction for prison escape, he was convicted of two counts of kidnapping, first degree robbery, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison and served from October 1, 1992, until February 28, 2013.
- In 1992, he was convicted of first degree robbery after two or more felony convictions. He was sentenced to 25 years, which ran concurrently with his other sentences.
- In 2010, he was convicted of possession contraband in a penal institution. His sentence began at the completion of his robbery and kidnapping sentences, and ran from February 28, 2013, to October 12, 2013.
Now, almost exactly eight months after his release from nearly 30 consecutive years prison, he is back behind bars, accused of first degree rape and murder, two more violent felonies, one of which is punishable by life in prison; the other is punishable by death. Given his violent criminal history, it is not likely that either a judge or a jury will look upon him with mercy.
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