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Alleged car thief faces new charge from jail incident
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Timmy Lansing Johnson Jr.

The 25-year-old man who faces four car theft charges in Grant and Lafayette counties faces an additional charge for an incident at the Grant County Jail.

Timmy Lansing Johnson Jr. was charged with felony bail jumping, resisting an officer, and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping. A status conference was scheduled for today at 9 a.m.

Johnson also faces Grant County charges of bribery of a public official, a felony, and misdemeanor charges of taking and driving a vehicle without consent — abandoning a vehicle, disorderly conduct, and resisting or obstructing an officer. He also faces separate charges of driving or operating a vehicle without consent, fraud on a taxicab operator of up to $2,500, and three counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.

A status conference on those charges was also scheduled for today at 9 a.m., with a jury trial on the driving without consent, bribery, disorderly conduct and resisting charges scheduled for May 20 and 27.

Johnson also faces eight Lafayette County charges of felony bail jumping, as well as charges of taking and driving a vehicle without consent, and driving or operating a vehicle without consent.

A preliminary hearing on the bail jumping charges before Lafayette County Circuit Judge William Johnston is scheduled for May 19 at 11:15 a.m. A preliminary hearing and scheduling conference on the other charges before Green County Circuit Judge Thomas Vale is scheduled for May 21 at 1:15 p.m.

Between the pending Grant County charges and the pending Lafayette County charges, Johnson faces a maximum of 91 years in prison and up to $230,000 in fines.

According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson covered up the viewing port of his cell. Corrections officers moved Johnson to another cell, during which Johnson did not cooperate, requiring additional officers.

Before the jail incident, Johnson was accused of:
•    Taking a vehicle without consent in Lafayette County Aug. 29, for which Johnson pleaded not guilty Jan. 27.
•    Taking a vehicle in Grant County Jan. 2, for which Johnson also pleaded not guilty Feb. 10.
•    Taking a minivan parked at the Super 8 motel in Darlington and driving it to Platteville Feb. 24.
•    Stealing a vehicle from a Dickeyville business, where its owner had parked it, and driving it to Platteville March 20. A Grant County deputy was on patrol in Platteville Thursday morning when he saw Johnson leave a Platteville house with “an elderly gentleman,” according to the Sheriff’s Office. The deputy detained Johnson as part of the investigation, and the vehicle was recovered on the UW–Platteville campus, where Johnson was taken to and then arrested.

While being transported to the Grant County Jail in Lancaster, Johnson “attempted to bribe the deputy into letting him go, including offering him a large amount of money,” the sheriff’s office said.