Iowa City man given escape status

BY DI STAFF | JULY 05, 2011 7:20 AM

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An Iowa City man was given escape status after failing to return to the Hope House Work Release Facility in Coralville.

Alajuwon Shamaer Johnson, 27, was charged with accidentally killing 20-year-old Kylie Jo Perkins in her apartment in December 2009. He was sentenced in court for involuntary manslaughter, a Class D felony for which he received five years in prison.

According to police reports, Johnson was carrying an illegally concealed weapon when he visited Perkins. Both he and Perkins handled the weapon before it accidentally discharged, striking her in the torso.

Authorities say Johnson is a 156-pound, 5-11 African American man with brown eyes and black hair and his left arm is tattooed.

— by Brian Albert

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