• Dennis McCaslin

Sierra Johnson transported to new home in ADC's McPherson Unit in Newport




The twenty-year-old Fort Smith woman who took a plea deal on five felonies, including permitting the abuse of her daughter --20-month-old Kylah Woodard--which contributed to the girls death at the hands of her live-in boyfriend in early February, now has a new address.

Sierra Ann Johnson had been residing at the Sebastian County Detention center in downtown Fort Smith but was recently transported to her new address --302 Corrections Drive in Newport--as she serves out her sentence at the McPherson Unit of the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

Johnson was initially allowed bail on the abuse charge but found herself back in the SCADC on February 27 on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Pay Fines, and a Petition to Revoke Bond.

She has remained in custody since that time. On May 9 she pled guilty to all five charges and as sentenced on May 15. She drew ten years of the Permitting Abuse charge and was assigned another 324 months on the drug charges, but will serve her sentences concurrently.

According to the Arkansas Department of Corrections website she will be eligible for parole in March of 2020.


On Feb. 7, Tyree La'mont Williams -- Johnson's drug dealing live in boyfriend -- pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder after confessing to police that he had beaten the child prior to the girl’s death.

Williams remains jailed on no bond on the murder charge and also faces three failure to appears, felony possession of a firearm and a hold to assist an outside agency.

His trial is set for the week of July 1