DINGESS, W.Va. – A Dingess woman faces felony charges after being arrested in connection with a man accused of framing another man by planting explosives in his vehicle and falsely reporting that the man was plotting to plant the explosive device in the Mingo County Courthouse.
Last week, a warrant was executed on Sharon Kaye Johnson, 67 from Dingess, for her involvement with the framing incident. The arrest was made by officers with the Williamson Detachment of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP). Johnson has been charged with conspiring to commit a felony and making a false statement to a law enforcement officer.
In April, Roger Scott Johnson was arrested for allegedly framing Herman Vance by planting an explosive device in Vance’s truck. After planting the device, Johnson allegedly placed an anonymous call stating that Vance was plotting to plant bombs in the Mingo County Courthouse and that Vance was also planning on planting an explosive in a law enforcement cruiser.
Roger Johnson allegedly stated that he had planted the explosive device in Vance’s truck after Vance made threats toward him. A criminal complaint explained that Johnson admitted to planting the device in the truck in an attempt to frame Vance.
In a recorded statement, Johnson explained to officers that his mother Sharon Kaye Johnson, drove him to the top of Dingess Mountain, and let him out of the vehicle to plant the device in Vance’s truck. In the recorded statement, Johnson also explained that after he had planted the device, his mother picked him back up and drove him to the Dingess Service Center to place the phone call to 911 accusing Vance of plotting to plant a bomb in the courthouse.
When first questioned about the incident that occurred on April 17, Sharon Johnson denied driving her son Roger on the date that the crime occurred. This was determined to be false based on Roger Johnson’s recorded statement as well as video surveillance footage from the Dingess Service Center. The criminal complaint states that the video surveillance footage shows Sharon Johnson’s white Chevy Blazer at the Service Center and shows Roger Johnson leaving with Sharon Johnson in the vehicle after making the false 911 calls.
Information in this article was obtained by use of criminal complaints which are public record. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and those named should be considered innocent until proven guilty.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)