Convicted killer freed until trial for theft, battery


A 30-year-old Annapolis man who is accused of violating probation after he spent three years in prison for manslaughter was allowed to remain free yesterday until his trial next month on theft charges.

William Isaiah Johnson, of the 200 block of Pindell Ave., was brought before Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. because he tested positive for cocaine use on March 18, for PCP use on March 30 and refused to undergo both drug treatment and a psychiatric evaluation, according to court records.

He was charged with violating probation May 16.

Johnson had pleaded guilty Nov. 5, 1991, to manslaughter in the shooting death of Jerry Tyrone "Petey" Cadogan, 19, who was from Barbados and New York.

According to court records, Johnson shot Mr. Cadogan while the two were northbound on Interstate 97, about one mile north of Route 50 in Arnold, sometime late on Dec. 19, 1990, or early the next morning.

When he was arrested two weeks later, Johnson admitted to police that he killed the victim, took his gun and his money and buried his body off Shot Town Road in Arnold, court records show.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Nov. 5, 1991, and was sentenced to four years in prison as part of a plea agreement reached between prosecutors and Johnson's lawyer by Judge Thieme.

With credit for time served and good-time credits, he was released on parole on Nov. 4, 1993.

Stephen Harper Jr., Johnson's parole agent, told Judge Thieme yesterday that since his arrest for the parole violations in May, Johnson has agreed to undergo psychological treatment.

Mr. Harper also said that Johnson faces an Aug. 30 trial in District Court on theft and battery charges.

According to District Court records, Johnson was arrested and charged with stealing a pair of $35 deck shoes from the Value City Department Store in the 200 block of Solomons Island Road in Annapolis on May 17. He allegedly pushed a store detective when she confronted him near the store entrance, according to court records.

Judge Thieme agreed to release Johnson to Mr. Harper's custody until the trial.

Mr. Harper said that Johnson will be admitted for in-patient psychological treatment at the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Fort Howard until that date.

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