July 24, 2014
A former Sonoma County middle school wrestling coach is reappealing the sentence of 30-years-to-life sentence he received for sexual misconduct with 14 underage girls.
Jonathan Johnson's new defense lawyers asked a Sonoma County judge Friday to rule that Johnson's trial attorney did not warn him he could face such a lengthy sentence if he rejected a plea deal with prosecutors.
Before a jury convicted him in 2003, Johnson refused to plead guilty in exchange for a maximum sentence of 24 years.
Johnson was convicted of 41 felony charges of performing lewd acts with the girls, six of whom were 14 or younger and all but one of whom testified they engaged in the sex willingly.
Johnson was the wrestling coach at Adele Harrison Middle School in Sonoma.
During the three years the conduct occurred, Johnson was between
18 and 20-years-old.