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Man charged in Platteville cabdriver homicide going to prison on old charges

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The Grant County man charged with kidnapping and killing a Platteville cab driver will spend 10 years in prison for previous charges he was on extended supervision for in Grant County.

In Grant County Circuit Court Thursday, Timmy Johnson, Jr. was sentenced on charges including driving a vehicle without consent, bail jumping, resisting, and bribing a public official. Those crimes occurred in March and April, 2014.

Immediately following the sentencing hearing, Johnson made his initial court appearance in Grant County on homicide, kidnapping, and armed robbery charges in the death of 79-year-old Merle Forbes in June after calling him for a cab ride near the University of Platteville. Johnson is accused of stabbing Forbes and putting him in the trunk of the taxi.

A police officer later spotted Johnson driving the cab in La Crosse, which led to a high speed chase with several officers through the city and Onalaska. The chase ended when Johnson crashed the cab on Highway 53 near Holmen.

According to court officials, no bond was set for Johnson Thursday since he's already facing a prison term on the earlier charges.

He will appear again in Grant County court August 27 for a motion hearing.

Johnson also faces criminal charges in La Crosse County. He faces charges of 1st-degree recklessly endangering safety, taking and driving a vehicle without consent, bail jumping, and eluding an officer.

Johnson is scheduled to make an appearance in La Crosse County Circuit court Friday for a hearing.

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