Atascadero stalker likely leaving prison early

January 14, 2021

Josiah James Johnstone

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

A serial stalker who one year ago received a nearly five-year sentence will likely be released from prison in April.

Josiah James Johnstone, 36, of Atascadero, stalked, harassed and threatened multiple women. He was convicted of charges of stalking and criminal threats and sentenced to four years and eight months in state prison.

One victim said Johnstone threatened to burn down her house with her mother inside if she decided to break up with him. Another victim said Johnstone targeted women and manipulated them for a place to stay, sex, money and their sympathies.

In 2019, while out on bond, Johnstone did not show up for his sentencing hearing, prompting a judge to issue a warrant.

Bounty hunter Richard Dunbar later caught Johnstone in Nevada.

Johnstone, who is currently serving time at Wasco State Prison, is eligible for parole in April, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

The New Times reports Johnstone will not be required to go through a parole hearing.

Prior to entering prison, Johnstone collected 280 days of pre-sentence credits and 18 days of post-sentencing credits for time served in jail. In July 2020, Johnstone earned 84 days of positive programming credits as part of a statewide effort to reduce prison populations during the pandemic.

Johnstone may have also earned an undisclosed number of credits for good behavior behind bars. He is eligible for behavior credits because the state prison system classifies him as a minimum-custody offender.

If Johnstone gets out of prison in April, he will likely be on probation for three years and will be ordered for 10 years to stay away from the women involved in his case, as well as their families.


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scott_giles

pet or stalker? possible people shouldnt pick on stalkers lol


Rambunctious

Lets all chip in and buy him a home on Newsome’s street….


diamond

Because the system never learns

When Rex Krebs initially was sentenced to prison for 2 previous rape, sodomy and assorted other vile charges, and before murdering his two SLO victims, as with our broken criminal system he was deemed (not) eligible for specialized counseling, because after pleading guilty, it lowered the criminality threshold of his charges. Serving 10 of his twenty year sentence, Krebs was released early for “good” behavior and went on to be Employee Of The Month at the hardware store that employed him. One year later Rachel Newhouse disappeared. Tick Tock


shelworth

The good news is, once he is released and he rapes and murders someone they will probably put him away for 7-10…


commonsenseguy

This is one sick and disturb individual. Thanks to the bleeding heart liberals, and their lack of holding criminals accountable, this guy will probably re-offend and possibly follow through with his previous threats.