YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A Youngstown man with a history of driving without a valid license is on his way to prison for running down a pedestrian and then trying to cover up the crime.
Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge James Evans sentenced Michael Johnson to eight years in prison on Tuesday. Johnson must pay a $5,000 fine and also had his license suspended for 10 years.
U.S. Marshals arrested Johnson in October of 2013 after he was charged with killing 23-year-old Robert Brown, who was known by his family and friends as “Robbie.”
Investigators said Johnson struck Brown in February of 2013 as he was leaving a bar on Hylda Avenue. Police said Johnson never stopped and eluded authorities for many months.
Brown’s mother, Jewell Brown, spoke at Johnson’s sentencing.
“Robert loved life and lived in the moment like there would be no tomorrow,” said Brown. “He touched the lives of everyone he came in contact with.”
Prosecutors said at the time of the crash, Johnson had already been convicted four times of driving with a suspended license. He was arrested a fifth time two months later.