Johnson to remain in secure care

LIHU‘E — Lancelot Zachariah Johnson will remain incarcerated until a hearing next month to determine his ability to meet the conditions of parole.

Johnson, 35, of Kapa‘a, appeared Tuesday in Fifth Circuit Court before Chief Judge Randal Valenciano, the same judge who sentenced him to five years probation in August 2009 for first degree assault. There will be a hearing Tuesday to determine whether Johnson is in a condition with the capacity to continue his parole.

A tri-panel of mental health specialists are to submit letters to concur or disagree with the prosecution’s assertion that Johnson is not fit. As of Tuesday, one letter was filed and one other was just received. A third is still being completed.

A Kaua‘i Community Health Center staff person was present and consulted with the attorneys and Judge Valenciano before the decision was made to order Johnson turned over to the director of the Department of Health. If he is not accepted by Halawa Correctional Facility or another mental health facility with a security ward, then Valenciano said Johnson would remain at Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center until the hearing next week.

Valenciano sentenced Johnson to five years probation and ordered him to continue mental health treatment in August 2009. The case involved a first-degree assault charge that was described as a “thwarted murder-suicide attempt” by prosecutors, and a thwarted suicide attempt that was stopped by his girlfriend who was injured in the process, according to the defense.

Johnson had been working as an auto detailer and was reported to be improving. However, he had repeat court appearances and served additional time for violating terms of his parole.

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