Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden

Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden


Mitchell Scott Johnson and Andrew Douglas Golden (born May 25, 1986) are former middle school students who on March 24, 1998 committed a massacre at Westside Middle School in unincorporated Craighead County, Arkansas, United States, near Jonesboro. A total of five people, four female students and a teacher, were killed. Ten people, nine students and one teacher, were injured.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden.


1984 Birth Born on August 11, 1984.


1998 13 Years Old He told him, "No matter your sentence, you still have a life; those killed in 1998 do not."
2000 15 Years Old On the night before the shooting, Golden assisted Johnson in loading his mother's Dodge Caravan with camping supplies, snack foods, nine weapons (Remington 742 .30-06 rifle, Universal .30 M1 carbine replica, Smith & Wesson .38 revolver, Double Deuce Buddie .22 two-shot derringer, FIE .380 pistol, Star .380 pistol, Ruger Security Six .357 revolver, Davis Industries .38 two-shot derringer, and a Charter Arms .38 revolver), which had been stolen from Golden's grandfather's house, and 2000 rounds of ammunition. … Read More


2005 20 Years Old Johnson was released on his 21st birthday, August 11, 2005, having spent seven years in prison.
On January 1, 2007, Johnson was arrested by the ATF after a traffic stop in Fayetteville, Arkansas on misdemeanor charges of carrying a weapon, a loaded 9 mm pistol, and possession of 21.2 g of marijuana. … Read More
Johnson's trial began on January 28, 2008. … Read More
2009 24 Years Old On January 23, 2009, Johnson was sentenced to six additional years in prison for an additional charge of theft by receiving and financial identity fraud for using the stolen card to purchase a meal from a local Burger King. … Read More
2010 25 Years Old In February 2010, the Arkansas Supreme Court granted Johnson leave to appeal his sentence by saying that the trial judge should not have admitted evidence of the juvenile convictions during the sentencing phase of the theft and possession trial. … Read More
2011 26 Years Old He will likely remain incarcerated well into his thirties but was eligible for parole from his Arkansas sentence in 2011, after which he must serve the four-year federal sentence.


2016 31 Years Old In February 2016, ABC News reported online that Johnson was released in July 2015 into the custody of the US Probation Office for the Southern District of Texas and placed in a drug rehabilitation program. … Read More
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