Tuesday March 26, 2019, Stilwell, Okla. – The man suspected of fatally shooting his wife in the head and critically injuring her 8-year-old daughter will spend the rest of his life in prison.
According to District 27 District Attorney Jack Thorp, Aubrey Johnson, 28, pled guilty to first-degree murder with deliberate intent on Tuesday in the shooting death of his wife, Goulanv Johnson. A charge of assault with a deadly weapon was dismissed. Under the agreement, Johnson will serve a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
“Goulanv’s family has suffered enough,” said Thorp of the guilty plea. “This Defendant took away their loved one and deserves to spend his life in prison – thinking of the pain he has caused. Hopefully now, their healing can begin.”
Deputies responded to the Johnsons’ Adair County home after Johnson called authorities at about 6:15 p.m. September 6, 2018, to report his wife and child had been shot. When deputies arrived, they found Goulanv fatally shot in the head on the front porch, but their 8-year-old daughter was nowhere to be seen.
The girl was later delivered to a Stilwell hospital by friends of Johnson. She was flown by helicopter to a Tulsa hospital where she underwent emergency surgery. The girl survived her injuries and read her victim impact statement to District Judge Jeff Payton just prior to sentencing Johnson to prison for “the rest of his natural life.”
A manhunt led officers from several agencies across the state, including the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, OSBI, US Marshals and others to Locust Grove, Tulsa, and areas in between before authorities caught up with Johnson two days later.