Court Rejects Appeal from Man Convicted in 2012 Attack, Kidnapping in South Pasadena

The kidnapping conviction of a man involved in a 2012 brutal attack on a 79-year-old South Pasadena woman inside her home has been upheld by an appellate court.

The three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District rejected the defense’s argument that a lower court judge should have granted Alonzo Bernard Johnson’s motion for acquittal on a count of kidnapping to commit robbery. Johnson was sentenced in August of 2016 to 95 years to life in state prison.

The attack occurred, August of 2012, when Johnson struck the elderly woman across her face with a phone inside her kitchen, police said. Johnson repeatedly struck her with his fist, causing bleeding in the victim’s brain and a ruptured ear drum. Johnson demanded money while he pushed her into the bedroom. The attack was finally interrupted when the victim’s grandson stopped the beating, according to officials.

Johnson was convicted of kidnapping to commit robbery and first-degree residential burglary involving the violent attack. Johnson also was convicted of first-degree burglary with a person present during a June 22, 2012, home burglary in Pasadena, officials said. That attack also involved a 79-year-old woman.

The appellate court released its 10-page ruling, denying Johnson’s appeal, Monday, April 16. Johnson is currently serving his 95 years to life sentence in state prison, officials said.

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Steve Whitmore is the editor for the South Pasadena Review. Steve has spent more than four decades as an award-winning print and broadcast journalist with a 16-year stint as the senior media advisor for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Steve comes to us from the Keene Sentinel in Keene, New Hampshire, where he covered politics and was a columnist.