A man who was pardoned from a life sentence in 2001, is charged related to beating a Conway woman, according to Horry County police.
Police charged James Franklin Johnson, 54, with criminal domestic violence, and teenager who lives with him, James Travis Johnson, 17, with third degree assault and battery. Both were released on bail from J. Reuben Long Detention Center Wednesday evening. The police report did not say how the men are related.
James Franklin Johnson was serving a life sentence for a 1977 murder conviction, until he was pardoned in 2001, according to records at the State Law Enforcement Division.
A 36-year-old woman told police James Franklin Johnson, who is her boyfriend, took her cell phone when she tried to call 911 on Tuesday and the two began arguing, when James Travis Johnson came into the room and hit her in the abdomen with “some type of karate chop,” according to the report.
She was able to leave the Johnson’s Roscoe Road and home to call police from a friend’s home. Police noticed she had two black eyes, and a swollen left hand. She was also complaining of jaw and abdominal pain and kept saying the two men were going to kill her for calling the 911.
The woman said she had been abused by her boyfriend previously in the last two years, and the black eyes and swollen hand came from the “most recent bad one” which occurred between Friday and Tuesday’s 911 call, when she said James Franklin Johnson punched her in the face multiple times.
She said he threatened to kill her and her family if she left him, the report said.
She was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment of her injuries.
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