Cambridge man sentenced in January murder
CAMBRIDGE — Bruce Lamont Jackson, 25, of Cambridge, was sentenced Friday, Nov. 18, in the January murder of Willie Green Johnson.
Jackson entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to life in prison with all but 50 years suspended for the charge of first-degree murder, and an additional 20 consecutive years, all suspended, for the charge of using a firearm in the commission of a violent crime.
His sentence also included drug and alcohol treatment, and five years of supervised probation.
The plea agreement was reached to ensure continued cooperation by Jackson with the investigation still ongoing. There was no additional information regarding the investigation immediately available.
Cambridge Police Chief Daniel Dvorak said police responded to the 400-block of Willis Street at 9:13 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, for a reported shooting. He said officers found Johnson, 55, in his car with a gunshot wound to the face.
Dvorak said officers per- formed CPR on Johnson until Dorchester EMS arrived to take Johnson to the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center in Cambridge. He said Johnson was pronounced dead at the hospital.
According to charging documents, Jackson, while being interrogated by police, said he called Johnson’s cab for a ride with the intent of robbing the cab driver. Police said Jackson got in the back seat of the cab with Johnson, then pointed a handgun at Johnson and demanded money.
Police said Johnson tried to resist Jackson’s demand and a struggle ensued. Police said during the struggle, a shot went off and hit Johnson in the head.
According to charging documents, Jackson checked Johnson’s pockets for money, but found no money and fled the scene with another man who also was in the cab.
According to charging documents, Johnson’s cab received a phone call requesting a taxi at about 9 p.m. Police said officers traced the phone number to the 500-block of Greenwood Ave. and executed a search warrant in an apartment at 5:17 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15.
Police said during the search, officers received information that Jackson, living at 518 Greenwood Ave., Apt. 301, used a cellphone to call for the cab. Police said officers executed a second search warrant at Jackson’s apartment at 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15 and found Jackson inside.
According to charging documents, police located a small handgun consistent with the one used to shoot Johnson. Police said officers also secured video of a man leaving the apartment and discarding a plastic bag in a dumpster on the premises.
Police said the bag was recovered and investigators found a pair of boots, blue jeans and a shirt, all splattered by blood. Police said the evidence was turned over to Maryland State Police Crime Lab, and the gun was sent for ballistics testing.
“This is a senseless crime and a tragedy for the family,” Dvorak said. “(Willie) was a visible and active member of this community and he will be missed.
A memorial was held Monday, Jan. 18 to commemorate the life of Johnson, organized by the Dorchester Faith Alliance and the Cambridge Police Department.
Many people from the community gathered at the American Legion Park in 20 degree weather to honor Johnson’s memory and offer condolences and support to his family.
BRUCE LAMONT JACKSON