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Waco: One-time fugitive sentenced to life for delivery of cocaine

Randy Don Johnson, 33, had been on the run since mid-December after failing to show up for his sentencing hearing in Waco. (Jail photo)
Randy Don Johnson, 33, had been on the run since mid-December after failing to show up for his sentencing hearing in Waco. (Jail photo)(KWTX)
Published: Feb. 13, 2020 at 4:22 PM CST
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A Waco man who fled before he could be sentenced last December for trafficking illegal drugs was sentenced Thursday in the same court he skipped out of two months ago.

Randy Don Johnson, 33, had been on the run since mid-December after failing to show up for his sentencing hearing in Waco.

Jurors in the 54th District Court in December sentenced Johnson to life behind bars after finding him guilty of trafficking more than 200 grams of cocaine in Waco in May of 2017.

Johnson showed up for the first day of his trial in Waco's 54th State District Court in December but failed to appear the following day.

With Johnson absent, the jury deliberated about five minutes before convicting Johnson of possession with intent to deliver more than 200 grams of cocaine, the maximum prison time for the first-degree felony.

The McLennan County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Apprehension and Special Task Unit, along with the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, found and arrested Johnson on Jan. 23 in the Dallas area, said.

"This was a collaborative effort between McLennan County and the U.S. Marshals," Sheriff Parnell McNamara said.

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