Judge Barney Fudge sentenced a Wichita Falls man to 40 years in a Texas penitentiary for the murder of David Douglass Mays, according to an article on the front page of the Wichita Falls Times Record News newspaper today, Saturday, July 25. Davontay Tyrone Johnson, 21, pleaded guilty in the 78th District Court before being sentenced yesterday.
Johnson, who was reportedly 18 at the time of the slaying of Mays, evidently was not acting alone, according to court records and other documents. Two other young men were allegedly a part of the terminating of Mays’ life.
Johnson had the misfortune of being pulled over by alert officers of the Wichita Falls Police Department only two days after the shooting. The officers did an excellent job in the ensuing moments. They located a .38 caliber derringer in his vehicle.
Ballistics tests at a law enforcement laboratory proved that the gun found in Johnson’s car was the same one used to kill Mays. Mays was 35 at the time of his early exit from this earth.
Court documents further revealed two other men were with Johnson when he drove to Mays’ home in January of 2013. Allegedly, the trio possessed a small arsenal including a small pistol plus a scoped shotgun. It’s very difficult to miss one’s target with a shotgun, much less one that has a scope.
The police continued to do an excellent in the investigation of the case as they talked to the driver. Brandon Kenneth Mabona reportedly informed the police he stopped the car at the intersection of Holland and Woods streets in Wichita Falls.
Mays was probably not expecting company when Johnson and Jonathan Chase Booker climbed out the car and approached the home of the soon to be victim Mays. The soon to be dead man didn’t realize he was about to die when his uninvited guests allegedly demanded drugs and money.
The police also did a good job in visiting with Mabonga who told them he heard a gunshot. His two companions returned to the car faster then they’d left it.
Johnson threatened to kill either of them if they talked about the crime, Mabonga said.
Johnson’s resume included a prior arrest in December of 2012. In that case two men invaded a home in the 4700 block of Tammy Drive. The victim was struck with the butt of a shotgun. The suspects in that case left with his wallet.
Johnson will be transported courtesy of the State of Texas all expenses paid via its private bus line. During the term of his sentence he will be provided free room and board. No word yet as to whether he will have a private cell or not.
The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles will ultimately determine how long he receives rent-free occupancy at his new lodgings.