DATE: June 29, 2016
CASE: Sheila Johnson & Ravetra Jones
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Kari Reeve, Homicide Unit
Sheila Johnson pled no contest to second-degree murder. Johnson’s daughter, Ravetra Jones, pled no contest to involuntary manslaughter and fraud.
Thirty-seven-year-old Monique Johnson was developmentally disabled, non-verbal, and unable to walk. Monique lived with her mother, Sheila Johnson. Ravetra Jones, who is Monique’s sister, was paid by In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) as Monique’s full-time caregiver.
On February 12, 2014, Monique died from severe neglect, dehydration, and starvation. She weighed 36 pounds at the time of her death. Various agencies attempted to intervene prior to Monique’s death about concerns over her care. Sheila Johnson was offered free services and assistance to help with Monique’s care, many of which she refused. Ravetra Jones allowed Monique’s health condition to deteriorate to the point of death, while simultaneously receiving payment for services.
Sheila Johnson faces a sentence of 15 years to life in prison. Ravetra Jones faces a sentence of 4 years, 8 months in prison. Sentencing is set for August 26, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 31 before the Honorable Michael Kenny.
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