Wife of murder suspect in killing of West Jordan couple pleads guilty to obstruction of justice

Sina Anne Johnson. Photo: Salt Lake County

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Aug. 3, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — The wife of West Jordan homicide suspect Albert E. Johnson has pleaded guilty to a charge of obstruction of justice stemming from the murder of a married couple inside their West Jordan home April 18.

According to police, Johnson admitted shooting and killing Katherine and Tony Butterfield, ages 30 and 31, after breaking into their home because he believed they had money.

He’s still awaiting trial in the Salt Lake County Jail.

On Monday, Sina Johnson, 29, was sentenced to 36 months’ probation after entering a guilty plea to a third-degree felony obstruction charge.

She was arrested in April after giving investigators conflicting stories about the last time she had seen her husband and what had transpired between them.

She ultimately confessed that she had seen Albert shortly after he had killed the Butterfields. She also admitted she had hidden her husband’s bloody clothing and shoes, which the police later recovered with her help.

Albert Johnson was found in Stockton, California, after tips led U.S. Marshals to his location.

He was taken into custody after resisting arrest, and officers filed papers to extradite him to Utah, where he remains in jail pending trial on multiple charges, including two counts of aggravated murder.


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