Fort Bend County District
A jury convicted
Lamelvin Dewayne Johnson of Capital Murder on September 26, 2019 before spending
more than a week hearing punishment evidence.
Johnson was sentenced to life in prison without parole on October 7,
2019. The 41-year-old Houston man was
charged after shooting three people to death at a car wash in 2013.
According to Assistant
District Attorney Thomas Pfeiffer, Stafford Police Officer Jim Hargraves was dispatched
to Avenue E in Stafford regarding a triple homicide the morning of September
13, 2013. The suspect had fled the scene,
but four eyewitnesses said that Lamelvin Johnson had retrieved a gun from his
vehicle after being fired from his job and murdered his former employer, Harvey
Simmon, and two co-workers, Johnny Simmon and Donntay Borom.
Johnson was charged with Capital Murder in the
deaths of the Simmons and also charged with first-degree Murder in the death of
Donntay Borom. After the jury convicted Johnson on all charges and assessed a
life sentence without parole for the Capital Murder, the Court sentenced the
defendant to another life sentence for the murder of Borom.
Johnson has been what I call a ‘victim factory’ for much of his life and
violence was his chosen lifestyle,” Pfeiffer stated. “The victims’ family members find comfort
knowing that Johnson will never be able to hurt good and decent people
again. We accept the verdict of the jury and appreciate their part in making
long-awaited justice happen.”
Attorney Brian M. Middleton stated that “This case is an example of the
excellent job that Fort Bend County law enforcement does to keep our community
safe and bringing offenders to justice. The jury assessed a sentence of life
without parole, which is the highest form of punishment excluding the death
sentence will not alleviate the pain caused by the defendant’s actions, but the
punishment was severe, and our community is safer as a result.”
Johnson was tried in the 434th
District Court before Presiding Judge James H. Shoemake. Capital Murder is a capital crime punishable
by a death sentence or life without parole.
Murder is a first-degree offense punishable by 5-99 years or life in
prison and a fine up to $10,000. Assistant
District Attorneys Thomas Pfeiffer and Mark Hanna prosecuted the case.