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Feb. 16, 2016

Lifer Parole Unit secures five-year denial of parole for inmate convicted of four counts of murder and other crimes committed in 1992


SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Lifer Parole Unit secured a five-year denial of parole of an inmate who committed multiple crimes in 1992.

Ronald Lee Johnson, 64, is currently being held at R.J. Donavan Correctional Facility in San Diego.

According to Deputy District Attorney Diane Harrison who appeared Tuesday on behalf of the District Attorney’s Office, Johnson was employed as a commercial tractor and trailer driver in 1992 when the crimes occurred.

“After consuming a lot of alcohol, Mr. Johnson asked two known prostitutes to assist in getting him cocaine, which they did,” Harrison said. “He ultimately consumed the cocaine as well.”

Johnson ended up getting into an argument with one of the women. He tried to keep her from leaving, and stabbed her in the hand when she threatened to call the police. Johnson then drove off in the commercial tractor and trailer and ran a stop sign in a residential area of Fontana, causing an impact with a car carrying numerous passengers.

The impact resulted in the deaths of four of the passengers and severe injuries to two others. Johnson was charged with four counts of Second Degree Murder, four counts of Vehicular Manslaughter, two counts of Driving a Commercial Vehicle with .04 Percent Blood Alcohol Causing Injury with enhancements of Causing Injury of Death to More Than One Victim. In addition to the charges that resulted from the crash, Johnson was also convicted of false imprisonment and assault with a deadly weapon charges for his earlier actions.

According to Deputy District Attorney Harrison, Johnson was found to be not suitable for parole yet, as he lacked insight into the crime and his role, plus his plans were inadequate.

Contact: Christopher Lee, Public Affairs Officer (909) 382-3665 or via email at clee@sbcda.org or via text at (909) 782-5559

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