Man sentenced to 90 years for 2008 attack on woman
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter March 12, 2014 4:05PM
Updated: April 14, 2014 11:09AM
The woman was raped and attacked so severely, her lungs collapsed.
She still suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and when she looks in the mirror, she is reminded of what Michael Johnson did to her several years ago.
“Every time I get dressed, I see the scars on my back and the hole under my arm...,” the woman said Wednesday before Johnson was sentenced to 90 years prison for the Aug. 17, 2008 assault.
Even though the victim says she is afraid to walk outside, she admitted she was lucky — unlike some of Johnson’s other alleged victims.
Johnson, 28, is awaiting trial on charges of murdering four other women and attacking still another.
The woman who spoke in Cook County Judge Joseph Kazmierski’s courtroom Wednesday said she felt “blessed” that she survived.
“I wish that the defendant could feel the pain that he caused me and the other girls. The pain of being raped, the pain of being thrown down the stairs, the pain of being left in that alley,” the woman said.
“To me he is evil. He is the devil. I will never forget what he did to me and to the other girls. One that I knew was Siobhan Hampton. She was my friend and he killed her.”
According to prosecutors, the woman who spoke in court Wednesday agreed to have sex with Johnson in exchange for money after she met him near a gas station at 111th and State Street.
The two had sex at Johnson’s home but when the woman refused to perform another sex act, he began to choke her until she lost consciousness. After beating her and sexually assaulting her, Johnson threw the woman off a second story balcony and then dragged her naked body through a vacant lot and left her in the alleyway causing second-degree friction burns on her back.
Johnson was arrested in connection with the Far South Side strangulations and attacks in 2010.
Many of Johnson’s other alleged victims also had a history of prostitution and were discovered half-naked, authorities said.