MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A Montgomery man has been found guilty of the 2007 murder of a local Pastor and will spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole for his crimes.
According to the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, Franky "Smiley" Johnson was found guilty on Tuesday for the September 24, 2007 murder of Reverend Paul Boswell.
The murder happened just off of the Alabama State University campus. An ASU Security Officer thought a traffic accident had caused a Cadillac to run into the front yard of a run-down house on Harriet Street. When the officer went to investigate the incident he found Reverend Boswell's body under the car.
Boswell had served as the Pastor of "People's" Baptist Church in Montgomery for more than thirty years. Detectives say Johnson was seen arguing with Boswell shortly before the murder. Johnson killed Boswell in the course of a robbery.
Johnson had already been behind bars on an unrelated charge and was out on parole after serving for four years when he murdered Boswell. In addition to the murder conviction, Johnson also pleaded guilty to an escape charge. He escaped from U.S. Marshals on foot for a short period of time after he had been handcuffed. Johnson is currently serving an 85 year sentence for a Robbery in the First Degree charge as well as 20 year sentences on additional robbery, burglary and kidnapping charges.