Elizabeth Johnson to spend 20 days in jail

Posted at 4:55 AM, Apr 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-14 21:12:09-04

An Arizona woman who served prison time in the 2009 disappearance of her child will face 20 days in jail because of a probation violation.

In court on Thursday, Elizabeth Johnson admitted to violating probation by leaving New Mexico without permission.

Johnson acknowledged in court that she traveled from her home in New Mexico to Arizona in July to visit a friend she had met in prison. She choked back tears as she said she made unwise decisions.

"I am very sorry for the stupid decisions I have made," Johnson told the judge.

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Johnson will spend 20 days in jail and will have to wear an ankle monitor and provide a local address when she leaves jail.

"Ms. Johnson likes to do what she wants to do when she wants to do it, and not what the court orders her to do or the probation department orders her to do," Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Angela Andrews said.

None of the alleged probation violations against Elizabeth Johnson stem from the case of her missing 8-month-old son Gabriel, who has never been found.

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Johnson was released from prison in 2014 after serving about 17 months.

She had been sentenced to more than five years on interference and imprisonment convictions.

"I am really working on becoming a better person - just to become proud of myself and have integrity," Johnson said.

Authorities say Johnson's child was last seen with his mother in December 2009 in San Antonio, Texas.

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