Former White Hall Officer Gets Maximum Sentence, Most Suspended

Hayneville, Al. (WSFA) -- A former White Hall police officer learned his fate at the Lowndes County Courthouse on Wednesday.

Jessie James Johnson was convicted of criminally negligent homicide in his March 2008 trial and recieved the maximum sentence of one year in jail.

However, all but 45 days of Johnson's sentence were suspended and he will remain on probation for two years.

In addition to jail time and probation, the former police officer was ordered to pay full restitution to the victim's family for the expenses of her funeral.

(Coming up on WSFA 12 News at 6:00 we'll have reaction from the victim's family.)

Johnson was involved in a fatal car accident on October 6, 2006 while pursuing two speeding vehicles on Highway 80 in White Hall.

Mary Webster was killed instantly when Johnson's patrol car slammed into the side of her car as she crossed an intersection.

State troopers say Webster pulled out in front of Johnson, but prosecutors insisted he was going too fast when he hit and killed her.

Attorney General Troy King's office presented evidence showing that Johnson's car was moving at 113 mph when it struck Webster's car, and that he was not running sirens or blue lights as procedure required. Click here to read about Johnson's criminal history.

Johnson's 45 day sentence at the Lowndes County Jail begins on Friday.