Man Sentenced To State Prison For Crashing Stolen Vehicle, Killing Friend

September 13, 2018

SCRANTON — A 26-year-old Scranton man who previously admitted to helping burglarize a home and then crashing a stolen car, killing his passenger, will spend a minimum of 5 ¼ years in state prison for the crime, a Lackawanna County judge ruled today.

Daquan Johnson, charged in connection to the fatal Feb. 11 crash on Snook Street off Route 307, faces a potential sentence of 13 years, Judge Margaret Bisignani Moyle said. The judge also noted that Johnson has a significant criminal record considering his age.

“If you keep racking up serious felony charges like this ... you’re going to spend the rest of your life in jail,” Moyle said.

Police said Johnson and his friend, Angelo Matlock, 32, of Scranton, broke into a home on the 900 block of Hemlock Street and flipped a car stolen from that home. Matlock died in the crash. Johnson was arrested.

Johnson pleaded guilty in June to felony counts of conspiracy to commit burglary and accidents involving death or personal injury and faced up to 20 years in prison.

In court today, Johnson told the judge he still does not know how to deal with the loss of his friend.

“He was my best friend,” Johnson said. “It does hurt.”

No one from Matlock’s family spoke before the judge issued her sentence. Johnson’s public defender, Douglas Vanston, found it a “cruel irony” that the one who seems the most emotionally affected is the one about to go to prison. Vanston argued that Johnson’s sentence should be on the low end of what he could potentially face.

Deputy District Attorney Brian Gallagher wanted to impress upon the judge the seriousness of the crime.

“Someone lost their life,” he said.

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