Man who admitted to killing woman on FB live, was recently released from prison

Digging through Earl Lee Johnson Jr.’s criminal records turned up an arrest going back to 2005.

Johnson was arrested on Monday, April 18, 2022 for the first-degree murder of Janice David, 34.

Baton Rouge Police said Johnson repeatedly stabbed and killed David during a FB live video. Someone saw it & reported it to Facebook, who reported it to State Police, who reported it to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office who eventually turned it over to BRPD. Officers said during questioning, Johnson admitted to killing David.

Johnson was released from the Louisiana Dept. of Corrections custody, or released from prison, on Jan. 27, 2022, not even three months ago.

He was arrested for crimes in 2005 but his sentence did not begin until Jan. 17, 2007.

His charges and sentence for that incident include:

First-degree robbery (crime was 5-3-05), sentenced 10 years & served concurrently

First-degree robbery (crime was 5-10-05), sentenced 15 years & served concurrently

Illegal possession of stolen things (crime was 5-11-05), sentenced 5 years & served concurrently

While in prison, he did add on a few more charges for contraband

Contraband (crime was 6-16-13), sentenced 6 months & served concurrently

Contraband (crime was 10-19-13), sentenced 6 months & served consecutively

Contraband (crime was 12-11-14), sentenced 90 days & served consecutively

The Dept. of Corrections said Johnson served every day of his sentences in prison and was released full-term on 1-27-2022. He was never on probation or parole. When he was released from prison, he had finished serving all of his sentence.

Unfiltered with Kiran did reach out to District Attorney Hillar Moore asking if he would pursue the death penalty in this case. Moore said it was too early to say anything right now.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon for David.

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