is the first woman sentenced to death by a United States
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since the 1950s. Forty-nine women have been executed under state laws since 1900.
In 2005, she was found guilty of involvement in the murder of five people in the State of Iowa
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in the 1993 attempt to derail a methamphetamine
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investigation. Iowa is one of fourteen US states without a capital punishment law. The jury that convicted her also handed down four death sentences. The presiding judge stated "I am troubled by the lack of certainty in the record concerning the precise involvement of Angela Johnson in these crimes". Under federal law, the judge is bound by the jury's verdict.
Her former boyfriend, Dustin Honken, is currently on death row, also convicted of the murders. Although it was Honken who actually pulled the trigger, killing three adults and two children, Johnson received the death penalty for only four of the victims, while Honken was sentenced to death for only the two children.
Johnson, who lured four of the victims to their death by posing as a lost sales person in need of a phone book, gained entrance into the victim's home, allowing access for Honken. Honken then videotaped a forced confession from one of the victims in hopes of exoneration from a previous drug charge. Afterwards, the victims were taken to a remote location before being murdered.
The fifth victim, who previously dated Johnson and allegedly owed drug money to Honken, was also baited by Johnson when she requested they meet at a local country club where she was working. They then drove to a local farm where Honken was waiting with a loaded handgun. The jury gave Johnson a life sentence for murdering this victim. Johnson, who had a child from a previous marriage, was also pregnant by Honken at the time of the murders.
Johnson, Federal Bureau of Prisons
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#08337-029, is being held at Federal Medical Center, Carswell
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