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Framingham man arrested, charged in Richardson Circle shooting

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  September 5, 2012 04:39 PM

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A Framingham man was arraigned on Tuesday on charges connected with a shooting at Richardson Circle in Framingham that took place on August 25, according to Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone's office.

Damon Johnson, 26, of Framingham, was in Framingham District Court on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, possession of a firearm without a firearms identification card, larceny from a building, home invasion, carrying a firearm without a license, intimidating a witness, and receiving stolen property.

Framingham Police responded to 10 Richardson Circle in Framingham on August 25 around 4:30 p.m. for a report of a man shot, according to Leone's office. Police found a 30-year-old man bleeding, but conscious and alert. The victim and his girlfriend said that the defendant came into their apartment and fired a weapon. The victim was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released.

According to police, Johnson and the victim had an altercation the night before.

Richardson Circle sits a few blocks from the Framingham Police Department, the Framingham Public Library, and the Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School.

An arrest warrant was issued and Johnson was arrested Sept. 2 in Tewksbury.

“The defendant was apprehended after an eight day search by Framingham Police with assistance from Tewksbury Police and NEMLEC,” Leone said in a prepared statement. “I commend the great collaborative work across town lines that allowed for the defendant to be located and able to be held accountable for this brazen attack.”

Framingham District Court Judge Robert Greco ordered that Johnson be held on $50,000 cash bail with conditions that Johnson not commit a crime, have no possession of guns or weapons or drugs, stay away from the victim and witness, and submit to random screenings.

The defendant’s bail on his several open cases was also revoked. His next court date is Oct. 9 for a probable cause hearing.

Johnson’s wife, Sondra, 23, was arrested and charged with possession of Class B drug with intent to distribute, intimidating a witness, being an accessory after the fact, and receiving stolen property. It is alleged that Sondra assisted Damon Johnson in fleeing from the scene and lied to police about his whereabouts and her communication with the defendant.

Sondra was arraigned August 27 in Framingham District Court and was held on $1,700 cash bail. Her next court date is Sept. 7 for a pre-trial hearing.

The case was investigated by the Framingham Police Department with assistance from the Framingham State University Police Department.

The Assistant District Attorney assigned to the case is Jennifer Snook. The Victim Witness Advocate is Lesia Schymonowytsch.

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