Shoals man sentenced for perjury conviction after lying in brother’s murder trial

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Shannon Johnson (Photo: WHNT News 19)

FLORENCE, Ala. – A Lauderdale County man has been sentenced for his perjury conviction.  Shannon Johnson lied while under oath about his involvement in the 2000 death of Keith Barnett. He was convicted last month.

A judge sentenced Johnson to 15 years.  It will run consecutively with his escape conviction.  He will get credit for time served.

“My opinion the maximum sentence is reserved for perps who knowingly under oath lie and that lie sends someone to prison or death row,” said Judge Gil Self.  “Deceit under oath has hurt this family, which is why this sentence is so harsh,” he added.

Shannon Johnson lied while testifying against his brother, Shawn Johnson.  Shannon Johnson had initially pleaded to manslaughter as part of an agreement to testify.

Johnson’s attorney said today the maximum sentence is excessive for a perjury conviction.

The district attorney said Shannon Johnson’s criminal history is proven and he deserves the maximum.