A 25-year-old man who faced car theft and other charges in Grant and Lafayette counties was placed on five years probation on the Grant County charges he faced.
Timmy Lansing Johnson Jr. pleaded no contest in Grant County Circuit Court in Lancaster May 7 to felony bail jumping, bribery of a public official, felony driving and operating a vehicle without consent, misdemeanor taking and driving a vehicle without consent, misdemeanor bail jumping, disorderly conduct, fraud on a taxicab operator as a repeater, and two counts of resisting or obstructing an officer.
Three counts of misdemeanor bail jumping were dismissed.
The probation terms include not possessing or using alcohol or unprescribed controlled substances, and continuing mental health treatment. Johnson was also ordered to pay restitution to the vehicle owner in the felony charge. On the fraud charge, Johnson was sentenced to 24 days in jail, which he has already served, and restitution.
Johnson still 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.
Johnson pleaded not guilty to the bail jumping charges Monday. A preliminary hearing and scheduling conference on the charges before Green County Circuit Judge Thomas Vale was scheduled for this morning.
Johnson was accused of taking a vehicle in Lafayette County Aug. 29, taking a vehicle in Grant County Jan. 2, taking a minivan parked at the Super 8 motel in Darlington and driving it to Platteville Feb. 24, and taking a vehicle from a Dickeyville business and driving it to Platteville March 20.
While being transported to the Grant County Jail March 20, Johnson “attempted to bribe the deputy into letting him go, including offering him a large amount of money,” the sheriff’s office said. Then, while in the jail April 28, Johnson was accused of covering up the viewing port of his cell and being uncooperative when corrections officers moved Johnson to another cell.