CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Convicted kidnapper Mark A. Johnson has filed a motion for a new trial, saying he shouldn't have been convicted of kidnapping because he believed the victim was dead when he was in a car trunk.
A jury convicted Johnson on June 6 of kidnapping, attempted first-degree murder, bringing stolen property into the state, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, conspiracy to commit attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to bring stolen property into the state.
The jury sentenced him to life in prison with no recommendation of mercy, meaning he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Johnson, of Shenandoah Junction, was convicted in the Aug. 2, 1996 attack on Milligan, 50, of Gaithersburg, Md. Milligan was lured to a motel room, attacked, put in the trunk of his own car, and thrown into the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry, according to testimony. He swam to safety, testimony showed.