Johnson Sentencing Delayed Again

25 Nov

by Ken Davidson

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Amid reports of uncharacteristic confidence on the part of the Defendant, the sentencing of David Johnson of A-1 Dave’s Tree Service has been continued again.  The official reason given was “a dispute of guideline applications in this matter.”  Sources familiar with the process continue to stress that this is an unusual number of delays in the matter.  Such delays usually indicate cooperation with the Government-not good news for Lake County Democrats.  The Motion indicates that Assistant United States Attorney Gary Bell had no objection to the continuance.  The hearing will be held on February 6, 2014 absent any further delay.

Johnson pled guilty to bribery involving federal programs in October 25, 2012.  Co-Defendant Alfonso Salinas subseqently pled guilty on May 13, 2013.  Salinas was sentenced on August 13 and reported to the Bureau of Prisons on October 1 to serve his 42 month sentence.

Johnson previously had been sued for racketeering by the Attorney General of Indiana in the “Sidewalks for Votes” scheme in East Chicago.  Despite the fact that he settled that case, Dave’s Tree Service continued to receive local government contracts.  This was particularly the case in Hammond where Johnson was the preferred contractor for tree services.  Dave’s Tree still does work in the City of Hammond but it is not clear at this time if any of those jobs are a result of City contracts.  


5 Responses to “Johnson Sentencing Delayed Again”

  1. Gary Free-Press via Facebook November 26, 2013 at 6:17 am #

    I heard Dave has a book coming out about the Lake County Democratic machine. It is currently available on Amazon as an E-Book and will be hitting the bookshelves in the spring. It’s called “Bringing Down the House of Cards”.

  2. Anonymous November 26, 2013 at 6:32 am #

    We all know Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr doesn’t give a contract away with out getting something in return and in this case, it appears a contract doesn’t exist. Special status for Mr. Johnson’s company? Have those company trucks been appearing all over Hammond with another name on them?

    Wasn’t Mr. Johnson one of the people Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr, and felon Bobby Cantrell brought to Hammond just for such insider payments in return for campaign contributions? Does this include cash under the table?

  3. Anonymous November 26, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    Is Tom still winning big at those high stakes Hammond poker games?

  4. patrea November 7, 2014 at 1:49 am #

    he is not nice nor is he honest, i used to be related to him because i was married to his wifes brother. they all believe that if you have enough money, you can buy anything, and integrity and honesty dont count. well, he found out.. you reap what you sow. period.

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