Johnson family reacts to verdict

DICKINSON, N.D. - After almost two hours of deliberation, the jury came out with a guilty verdict on all counts for the August 2016 murder of Nicholas Johnson.

Chase Swanson and Madison West were convicted Thursday afternoon of conspiracy to commit murder, theft of property for Johnson's 1999 Chevrolet pickup, which the couple fled to Denver in, and Swanson was convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon.

But after the long days of trial, piles of evidence, and the countless testimonies, there's still a family. A family of a victim that sat in the courthouse and listened to all those gruesome details of their loved one. In this instance, the family of Nicholas Johnson.

Nicholas' sister, Cassie Johnson, says Thursday's guilty conviction will help them with their grieving process as a family and his family says he will be remembered for his love of photography and strong family values.

"Nick would have given you the shirt off his back if you would have asked," said Sheila Johnson, Nicholas' mother.

He was a volunteer firefighter with dreams of battling forest fires.

The family says the road to healing has only begun but they're fortunate to have an army behind them.

They also say the convictions don't really serve as closure, but they do say it puts monsters like Swanson and West behind bars.

West and Swanson will have a pre-sentencing investigation and a sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a later time.


Photo courtesy: Sheila Johnson
Photo courtesy: Sheila Johnson
Photo courtesy: Sheila Johnson
Photo courtesy: Sheila Johnson