Brookline woman found not guilty for threats against police officer's daughter

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A Brookline woman was found not guilty on all charges stemming from threats prosecutors say she made against a police officer's daughter.

Devonna Johnson, 43, was charged with intimidating a witness, retaliation and conspiracy stemming from an incident in November 2012.

According to the prosecution, Ms. Johnson was angry at a neighbor, Sgt. David Meade, because he had previously broken up a fight involving her family members and was going to be a witness in the case against them.

The district attorney's office said that Ms. Johnson threatened to run over Sgt. Meade's daughter, and that police suspected her and her associates of burglarizing the man's home and shooting a car that looked like his.

Ms. Johnson had a non-jury trial before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Randal B. Todd. He found her not guilty on all counts, saying that the commonwealth failed to meet its burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.


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