Petition to release Mae Goodman Johnson
Salt Lake County District Attorney Lohra Miller has charged Mae Goodman Johnson a 16 year old Native American with felony murder and obstruction of justice. Mae Goodman Johnson was the passenger in a driveby shooting that left Maria Del Carmen Menchaca seven year old dead. Ms. Johnson who had no knowledge of the drive by was arrested on July 06,2008. Prosecutors charged 16-year-old Mae Johnson, who they say encouraged the shooting. "The gun jammed and three rounds were taken out and handed to her, and she handed the rounds back to the shooter to reload the gun," Miller explained. According to Mae Johnson the bullets were handed to her but she instantaneously threw them back at the shooter."We just won't tolerate this type of gang violence in our community," Salt Lake County District Attorney Lohra Miller said. Mae G Johnson had no ties with the gang members and was only seeking a ride to the store along with her friend Tiona Vigial. Vigail who is part Anglo was released with out any charges. Prosecutors say Gabriel Alvarez pulled the trigger, but he didn't act alone. Charges were also filed against the driver, 20-year-old Frank Benavidez.Court documents say Alvarez and Benavidez planned the drive-by shooting. When Mae Johnson was arrested the Salt Lake Police Department had already made documents that Mae Goodman Johnson was Hispanic and had Gang related ties. Which is racial profiling. Mae Goodman Johnson is 1/2 Navajo enrollment number 337-632. Please help our sister by sgning this petition to have her release and that all charges be dropped. Mae Goodman Johnson is being held because the Salt Lake County DA's office believes that she comes from a gang. Her friend who knew the shooter and driver was released because she told the Police that she had no ties Frank Benavidez and Gabriel Alvarez, which in matter fact that she was sitting in the front passengers seat. Please sign our petition to have Mae G Johnson released, form the grips of Utah State who has no mercy when it comes to minorities, Mae has a full life time ahead of her qand has the potential to become Lady, woman and possobly a mother, a teacher and even a leader. Please let not the Laws of Utah take her life away, some where some how they must be stopped. How many Native Americans are in the Walls of Utah Prisons How many have been wrongfully accused Lets stand up and join hands and together we can make a differance.