OAKLAND — Larry Jerome Johnson, 40, Jessup, was sentenced in Garrett County Circuit Court by Judge Jim Sherbin to two life sentences for attempted first-degree murder, to 20 years for one count of armed carjacking, to 30 years for a second count of armed carjacking and to 10 years for first-degree escape.
All of these sentences run consecutively, for a net effect of two life sentences plus 60 years in the Maryland Division of Correction, and all to run consecutively to the sentence he is currently serving.
Johnson was found guilty of these charges following a two-day jury trial in October.
Johnson was an inmate at Western Correctional Institution, assigned to a road crew, mowing along Interstate 68. Using pliers, he attacked the correctional officer supervising the crew and took control of the DOC van. During the altercation, the officer suffered a number of lacerations to his head and a stab wound to his chest.
Johnson then flagged down a passing motorist who he stabbed in the temple and pulled from his car. He was arrested by Maryland State Police, following a 13-mile chase.