Atmore man indicted for manslaughter

Published 9:01 am Wednesday, April 6, 2011

In an indictment handed down by an Escambia County Grand Jury last week, an Atmore man is facing up to 20 years in prison on charges filed against him.

Cardarryl Johnson was indicted by an Escambia County Grand Jury on charges of manslaughter in the death of Emmanuel Rivers last year.

The death of Rivers occurred in a single-vehicle crash that happened last June in Atmore when the vehicle in which he was a passenger left the roadway and struck a tree off County Road 2 near Flomaton. The 19-year-old was a passenger in the vehicle driven by Johnson.

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State Troopers said Johnson and a second passenger, Trenetra Z. White, were also injured in the incident. Both have since recovered from those injuries.

Troopers also reported the vehicle, 1995 Ford Crown Victoria, apparently flipped and caused the injuries to the occupants.

The charge Johnson faces is a Class B felony and carries a prison sentence of two to 20 years if convicted.

Arraignment has been set for May 26. No date has been set for Johnson’s trial.

In unrelated cases, two men have entered guilty pleas on charges filed against them in arrests made last year.

Willie Frank Green, II, a resident of Ed Thomas Road in Atmore, also entered a guilty plea last week on a drug charge stemming from an arrest made in February 2010.

Green entered a guilty plea on charges of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance with a charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance dismissed in the plea agreement.

Green was arrested following a traffic stop in Brewton last year that uncovered items that brought a variety of drug charges against him. At the time of his arrest, Green was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance (cocaine and marijuana).

Green was out on bond on a charge of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, and his bond was revoked at the time of the arrest. The vehicle Green was driving was also seized.

Green was sentenced to 20 years in an Alabama Department of Corrections facility. However, the sentence was split. Green will be required to serve three years in a state correctional facility and serve an additional three years probation upon his release.

Ernest Hall, of Smith Dairy Road in Atmore, was arrested in April last year and charged with first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse on a child under the age of 12.

In court last week, Hall entered a guilty plea on the sexual abuse charge with the sodomy charge being nol prossed in the plea agreement.

According to court records, Hall’s sentencing took place immediately following his plea. He was ordered to spend 15 years incarcerated in a facility of the Alabama Department of Corrections.

Escambia County District Attorney Steve Billy said conditions of the sentencing will also require Hall to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.