Man gets 12-year prison sentence for Napa rape

2014-07-17T16:56:00Z 2014-07-18T15:43:50Z Man gets 12-year prison sentence for Napa rapeKerana Todorov Napa Valley Register

A man was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in state prison for the rape of a woman in east Napa in July 2012.

Michael Johnson was found guilty in November of raping a woman who had given him a ride after a chance encounter at a restaurant on Trancas Street. Johnson, who turns 31 on Saturday, has been in custody at the Napa County jail since the jury verdict.

Judge Mark Boessenecker also ordered Johnson to register as a sex offender.

The jury in November found Johnson guilty of forcible rape, battery, sexual penetration by force, penetration by a foreign object and false imprisonment.

Johnson, whose last known address was in Sonoma, and the woman who accused him of rape met by chance at a restaurant on July 27, 2012. Johnson asked the woman to give him a ride to his car near Coombsville Road after his friends left him behind.

The woman testified Johnson raped her after he directed her to park on small street off Coombsville Road. She managed to drive away after the attack. Johnson was arrested a few days later at a hotel on Solano Avenue where he was attending a meeting, according to court records.

Johnson, whose last known address was in Sonoma, has had multiple attorneys since he was charged last year.

Defense attorney Jim McEntee, who was appointed in April to defend Johnson , said Johnson has filed an appeal. He declined further comment.

California Deputy Attorney General Peter Flores prosecuted the case filed last fall because Johnson was the ex-husband of an employee at the Napa County District Attorney’s Office.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The original version of this story, and the version in print in the July 18 edition, misstated Johnson's sentence. It was 12 years.

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  1. Marty
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    Marty - July 19, 2014 4:05 pm
    I've read that rapes are up by 52%. If that's true is the Register going to help protect women by reporting the stats on this so we can stop this? Who is being raped(I know you can't print names, just need general info.), where are these rapes happening, what time and who is committing them? This should be a major focus in Napa.
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