According to a news statement from United States Attorney Tammy Dickinson, Alisha Johnson, 32, of Springfield, plead guilty to the charge in a federal indictment from Dec. 17, 2013.
On July 25, 2013, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) agents attempted to apprehend Francisco Sosa-Lopez for immigration violations.
When Sosa-Lopez saw the approaching agents, he fled the area on foot. During the pursuit, Alisha Johnson arrived in her vehicle and attempted to pick up Sosa-Lopez.
As Sosa-Lopez attempted to get in the vehicle, Johnson shouted derogatory comments at the pursuing agents, indicating that she was aware of the agents' intent to apprehend Sosa-Lopez.
Agents continued the pursuit and ordered Sosa-Lopez to not enter the vehicle. Sosa-Lopez ignored the agents' directives and continued to try to enter the rolling vehicle.
As one of the agents approached Sosa-Lopez, Johnson drove her vehicle over the curb and into the agent, striking the agent on the left leg. Sosa-Lopez entered the vehicle and fled from the scene; he remains a fugitive from justice.
Johnson voluntarily surrendered to law enforcement shortly after the incident.
As result of being struck by the vehicle, the federal agent suffered significant damage to his knee. Two surgeries were later performed on his knee.
Johnson remains in federal custody and faces a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000.
A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a pre-sentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
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