Manchester man pleads guilty in high school lockdown case
MANCHESTER - Appearing in court with his attorney, Damian Johnson heard the charges against him from last September's incident at Manchester High School West.
"On Sept. 25, 2014, he was arrested by the Manchester Police Department for the disturbance of school as well as the criminal trespass," said prosecutor Michael Zaino. "He was indicted with falsifying physical evidence."
Johnson pleaded guilty to all the charges. Last September, authorities said Johnson got into the school and a student reported seeing him with a gun in his waistline. Several police departments responded to the scene while the school was placed in lockdown. Johnson was taken into custody and charged with disturbance, criminal trespassing and falsifying evidence.
"This pellet gun, which turned out to be a pellet gun that he had by hiding it inside the backpack and concealing it knowing that an investigation was underway with a police presence," Zaino said.
Johnson is facing up to seven years in prison. He answered the judge's questions and appeared calm during the hearing.
"I'm honestly kind of flabberghasted myself. I don't really have much to say," Johnson said.
William Schultz, Johnson's attorney, added, "I've explained to the defendant your honor his opportunity to address the court for the purpose of sentencing will be on a different day."
Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced on April 24.