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The Montgomery County District Attorney is voicing his concerns about dangerous criminals being able to work out in the community but the Department of Corrections is firing back, saying that the workMore >>
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A group of Alabama citizens are inside the Alabama Capitol building, according to a statement from state senator Hank Sanders (D-Selma), and say they do not intend to leave the premises.More >>
Seven protesters were arrested Thursday night after refusing to leave the Alabama State Capitol building after it closed, according to Anna Morris, a spokesperson for the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. More >>
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An outdoor learning lab at Coosada Elementary School in Millbrook has created a science lesson no one planned to teach.As many as 12 snakes have been spotted over the last week. In the hall and even sunbathingMore >>
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Thursday, August 28 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-29 02:30:41 GMT
The strategically positioned southeastern Ukraine town of Novoazovsk appears firmly under the control of Russia-backed separatists as concerns grow about the opening of a new front in the Ukraine conflict.More >>
Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had "outright lied" about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict.More >>
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
Elizabeth Johnson speaks with her grandfather, Bob Johnson, at least once a week. The two talked after a jury convicted her on unlawful imprisonment, a lesser charge than the kidnapping she was accused of.
"She was elated. She was very happy with the decision," Bob Johnson said.
They spoke again just three days ago, before a judge decided Elizabeth Johnson should stay behind bars until her sentencing on Dec. 7. Bob Johnson said it's for her own good.
"It's a matter of her own security, her own protection. And I think that until the whole thing is wrapped up and we have a sentencing and a final plan she's safer, it's better for her. I know she doesn't like that," he said.
Bob Johnson said his granddaughter isn't the same person we saw get locked up nearly three years ago.
"She realizes that there was a better way," he said.
He said he's hopeful she'll be released on time served at her sentencing, and if she is, she'll stay with him.
"She's welcome. She is welcome. She knows that. So she's got a place to go," he said.
At the heart of this sad story is a question that may never get answered. Where is baby Gabriel?
"That's a really good question. That's what's lurking at the bottom of all this stuff. When you get done with all the guilty and not guilty and guilty of what. Where's baby Gabriel," Bob Johnson said.
He said he doesn't think Elizabeth Johnson is capable of murder.
"I think she gave him up. I don't think she has the capacity or the inclination to harm the child," he said.
Johnson said his granddaughter's best bet, if she is released, is to move out of state and try to start over somewhere no one knows her. Given the national attention this tragic case has gotten, that might be pretty difficult.
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