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End to tumultuous life saves four others

Ashley Johnson keeps a quilt with a handprint taken from Marquis Johnson moments before his organs were donated. (SRPhoto/Dan Pelle)

When her husband died, Ashley Johnson knew how some people were bound to remember him. His picture was published and broadcast as one of four men arrested for a shooting at Hoopfest in 2010.

 Police called it a gang-related shooting, and prosecutors charged the four suspects with about a dozen counts of attempted murder for the number of bystanders who could have been struck by the gunfire.

But in the end, the gunman went to prison and Ashley’s husband, Marquis Johnson, was released from jail.

Now, two months after he died in a car crash, Ashley, 23, wants people to know who her husband truly was, and what his final gift to the public was.

Read the rest of my story here.

Hoopfest convict wanted in North Idaho

A man involved in a gang-related shooting at Hoopfest is wanted in North Idaho for felony injury to a child.

Marquis D. Johnson, 23, has a $50,000 warrant for his arrest in Kootenia County for allegedly assaulting a 6-year-old girl in Coeur d'Alene on June 25.

Johnson is accused of throwing a salt-and-pepper shaker at the girl, according to court documents. Further details are pending a week-old records request for a report from the Coeur d'Alene Police Department.

Johnson was given an exceptionally low sentence of six months in jail last fall after pleading guilty to second-degree assault in relation to the shooting at Hoopfest.

Johnson was originally charged with about a dozen counts of attempted murder after gunshots injured two girls and grazed a bystander at the annual basketball tournament in downtown Spokane on June 26.

The triggerman, Miguel C. Garcia, is serving a nine-year prison sentence. Johnson had been released from prison just three weeks earlier after serving three years for a shooting in Spokane that didn't injure anyone.

The warrant in Kootenai County was issued Aug. 5.

Anyone with information on Johnson's location is asked to call the sheriff's department at (208) 446-1300.

Deal gives Hoopfest suspect light sentence

One of four men arrested after shots were fired at Hoopfest was given an exceptionally low sentence of six months in jail this week.

Marquis D. Johnson, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in a plea deal that came nearly a month after prosecutors decided to drop about a dozen attempted murder charges filed after gunshots injured three bystanders at Hoopfest in downtown Spokane June 26.

Johnson has been in jail since the day of the shooting. He’ll be credited for time served and will be on probation for a year.

He faced a standard sentencing range of 43 to 57 months because of his criminal history, which includes convictions for second-degree assault, third-degree assault, car theft and theft, but Deputy Prosecutor Steve Garvin agreed to recommend an exceptionally low sentence. Garvin declined to comment today. Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno sentenced Johnson on Wednesday.

Johnson had been out of prison for an assault conviction just three weeks when police say he, Rashjel G. “Reggie” Cage, Adam Doe and Miguel C. Garcia approached rival gang members and Garcia fired several shots.

Cage pleaded guilty to felony riot and unlawful possession of a firearm on Sept. 13 and was released from jail. He faces 26 to 34 months in prison when he’s sentenced Dec. 14, but Garvin said he’ll ask for an exceptionally low sentence if Cage cooperates.

Doe and Garcia have trials scheduled. Both are in jail.

Past coverage: June 29: Hoopfest shots not ‘surprising’

Last Hoopfest suspect now in Spokane

The last of four men charged with attempted murder for a shooting at Hoopfest has been transported to the Spokane County Jail. 

Marquis D. Johnson, 21, (right) appeared in Superior Court today on two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, 10 counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of riot after arriving in Spokane from the Benton County Jail on Thursday.

Johnson was being held on a probation violation after he was arrested at Hoopfest on June 26. He’d only been out of prison since June 6 after serving about three years for a gun-related assault conviction.

Prosecutors allege Johnson was with Miguel C. Garcia, 19; Adam Doe, 19; and Rashjel C. “Reggie” Cage, 23, when Garcia fired a gun at least three times, injuring three bystanders.

Witnesses said Cage passed the gun to Garcia, who fired it and passed it to Doe, who was arrested at gunpoint after trying to flee the scene, police said.

Johnson was identified “as being present at the time of the shooting in close proximity to Cage and Garcia,” according to court documents. “They were both actively involved in the argument before and after the shooting.”

Kalen J. Bedford, who was arrested the day of the shooting on a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge, apparently was targeted by the gunfire - he is listed as the intended victim in a fist-degree attempted murder charge.

Five of the 10 alleged attempted-murder victims are identified only as Jane or John Doe. First-degree assault is included as a an alternative charge in each case.

Defense attorneys told a judge last week that prosecutors don’t have a legal basis for the charges, but Deputy Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Garvin said the “theory” of his office is quite straightforward: “When you point a gun at someone … what other intent do you have but to cause their death?” 

Defense attorney David Partovi, who is representing Garcia, said after last week’s hearing that under Garvin’s theory, prosecutors should have charged former Spokane police Officer Jay Olsen with attempted murder in connection with his shooting of Shonto Pete on Feb. 26, 2007.

Read more here.

Hoopfest shooting brings 50+ felony charges

Four men arrested after a shooting at Hoopfest each have been charged with 12 murder-related felonies.

Miguel C. Garcia, 19; Adam Doe, 19; Marquis D. Johnson, 21 (right); and Rashjel C. “Reggie” Cage, 23, (left) all are in custody.

Garcia, Doe and Cage appeared in Superior Court Wednesday afternoon via video from Spokane County Jail; Johnson is in the Benton County Jail in Kennewick. 

The men are charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, 10 counts of attempted first-degree murder and single counts of riot and unlawful possession of a firearm.

First-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault are included as alternative charges.

Read the rest of my story here.

Past coverage:

June 30: High bonds set for Hoopfest suspects

June 29: Hoopfest shots not ‘surprising’

2 more men charged in Hoopfest shooting

UPDATE: Marquis Johnson is in the Benton County Jail.

A $600,000 felony arrest warrant has been issued for a Spokane man in connection with a shooting at Hoopfest last month.

Spokane County prosecutors have filed assault charges against Marquis D. Johnson, 21 (right); and Rashjel G. Cage, 23, for the June 26 shooting that injured three bystanders. Police identified them from video and witness reports as being involved in the argument that led to gunfire.

Now Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for Johnson’s capture.

He and Cage (bottom left) are charged with three counts of first-degree assault and one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault. District Court Judge Vance Peterson approved $600,000 bonds for both men.

The accused gunman, 19-year-old Miguel C. Garcia, remains in jail on assault charges.

A 19-year-old suspect also arrested the day of the shooting, Adam Doe, also is in jail on gun and assault on law enforcement for the Hoopfest shooting and assault and escape charges related to an October 2009 stabbing. Cage already pleaded guilty last month to second-degree attempted assault for that same stabbing.

Witnesses said Cage passed the gun to Garcia at Hoopfest in downtown Spokane, who fired several shots before passing the gun to Doe.

An off-duty Spokane police detective witnessed the shooting and followed the men as on-duty officers swarmed the area.

Johnson, who had been released from prison June 6 after serving nearly three years for assault, also was arrested June 26 for a probation violation. It’s unclear when he left jail; a warrant was issued on the new assault charges July 6.

Anyone with information on the men should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters don’t have to leave their name to collect a reward but should leave a code name or number.

Past coverage:

June 30: High bonds set for shooting suspects

June 29: Hoopfest shots not ‘surprising’

June 28: Shooting suspect already charged in stabbing

Off-duty cop helped catch Hoopfest suspects

An off-duty Spokane police detective witnessed the Hoopfest shooting Saturday and helped investigators identify the suspects. Suspected gunman Miguel C. Garcia, 19, is to appear in Spokane County District Court today on assault charges.

He remains in jail with 19-year-old Adam Doe, who’s accused of unlawfully possessing the gun used in the shooting.

Two suspects, Tyrone Carell, 21, (left) and Kalen Bedford, 19, are out of jail after being cited for misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Carell was released from prison in February after serving about 15 months for four counts of second-degree assault.

A third man, Marquis Johnson, (right) remains in custody on a probation violation. Johnson was released from prison June 7; he’d been there since April 2007 for two second-degree assault convictions stemming from a shooting in 2006 that didn’t injure anyone.

The gang-related gunfire that left three bystanders wounded was disturbing but not unexpected, as I explain in a story you can read here.

Past coverage:

June 28: Shooting suspect already charged in stabbing

June 27: Shooting hurts 3, leads to 5 arrests

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