DC Union Boss Pleads Guilty To Gun Charges In Parking Spot Dispute
The former leader of an American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council in Washington D.C. plead guilty Wednesday to brandishing a sawed-off shotgun in an argument over a parking space earlier this month.
The incident took place in February when George T. Johnson, who no longer works with the union, became angry with two men who parked their car in a parking spot in front of the District’s wastewater treatment plant.
According to an arrest affidavit obtained by The Washington Post, Johnson, a former employee of the plant, blocked the men’s truck and got out of his SUV wielding a baton.
After the men threatened to beat Johnson, he reportedly told them, “I have something better,” and went back to his vehicle to get his sawed-off shotgun. Cooler heads prevailed, though, and no one was injured.
As part of Johnson’s plea deal, prosecutors charged him with possession of the sawed-off shotgun. Three other charges — related to the baton, a set of brass knuckles, and shotgun ammunition he had in his possession — were dropped.
Sentencing for the case is set for April 10.
Johnson served as executive director of the powerful D.C. labor union for over a decade, making him a powerful player in the D.C. political scene before his departure last year.
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