Inmate sentenced to 123 years for standoff hangs himself

BALTIMORE – A man has hanged himself in his Maryland prison cell after being sentenced to 123 years for holding hostages at a Burger King during a confrontation with the police.

Twenty-eight-year-old George Johnson was sentenced in October to false imprisonment and reckless endangerment for the leadership of the police last year on a chase, then held four people hostage in a Baltimore Burger King. He had a semi-automatic pistol during the nearly 5½-hour stand-off. The hostages included a 7-year-old girl.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Melissa Phinn convicted Johnson last week to 123 years.

A prison system spokesman tells The Baltimore Sun that the next night, an officer making his rounds at the Jessup Correctional Institution found Johnson unresponsive on the floor of his cell. The medical examiner’s office determined he died of asphyxia by hanging.

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