Memphis, TN – U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller announces that Justin Johnson made his initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Western District of Tennessee on a federal charge.
A fugitive wanted by the Memphis Police Department for the Nov. 17, 2021, homicide of Adolph Thornton, a.k.a. "Young Dolph", Justin Johnson was arrested by U.S. Marshals on January 11 in Brazil, Indiana. In addition to the state charges of First Degree Murder, Criminal Attempt First Degree Murder, Theft of Property $10,000 – $60,000, Employing a Firearm with the Intent to Commit a Felony, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Johnson was also wanted for Violation of Federal Supervised Release on a weapon charge.
When a subject is sentenced for a federal crime, they often are required to serve a period of supervised release at the end of their sentence. When they are released from the Bureau of Prisons, they are monitored and assisted by the U.S. Probation Office. If they violate the terms of their supervised release, an arrest warrant is issued. It is the responsibility of the U.S. Marshals Service to serve these arrest warrants.
On January 20, Johnson appeared before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Memphis and was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals for the duration of his federal legal proceedings. He also faces legal action in Shelby County for his state charges.