Former Augusta inmate wants state Supreme Court to intervene on obscene-act conviction




  • In US
  • 2022-12-08 12:02:08Z
  • By The News Leader

RICHMOND - A former Augusta County inmate whose appeal of his conviction for performing a lewd act in prison was denied last September wants the Virginia Supreme Court to weigh in on the matter.

Devonza Johnson's case was among eight thet the Virginia Court of Appeals said this week were being sent to the state's highest court for consideration. That does not mean the court will agree to hear the case, however; it just means that Johnson is taking the next step in the appeals process.

Devonza Antiwan Johnson maintained that his 2019 conviction was improper because he was in his cell and therefore was due privacy. But in September, the Court of Appeals denied his claim because he reportedly invited a female employee over to his cell door and exposed himself when she looked through the small window on the door.

More:Court upholds former Augusta inmate's conviction for doing sex act in front of female worker

The employee, a librarian at the Augusta Correctional Center, was distributing books in the area where Johnson's cell was when she claimed he called her over to his cell to inquire about a book. The cell door was never opened, but the employee said when she looked through the door's small opening, Johnson backed up, unzipped his prison jumpsuit and simulated a sex act in front of her.

No date has been announced for when the state Supreme Court will consider the request.

This article originally appeared on The Progress-Index: Va. Supreme Court asked to overturn inmate's lewd-act conviction

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