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Family of man killed in DUI crash thinks suspect given far too many second-chances

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Rebecca Johnson (Louisville Metro Corrections) Rebecca Johnson (Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Given one second chance after another, a woman who killed two of her friends in a DUI crash is in trouble with the law again.

One of the victim's families says it is time their voices are heard. They do not think Rebecca Johnson has learned her lesson. Johnson is expected in district court Thursday on drug and gun charges.

In 2006, Rebecca Johnson drove drunk and crashed in Louisville, killing her two passengers Ben McIntosh, and Justin Cantrell.

"I think that she's being given every chance in the world, what more can she do?," said Tammy-Cantrell-Williams, Justin Cantrell's mother. "She's killed two people driving drunk. She got sentenced to nothing, we got sentenced to life without Justin."

Johnson did not serve any time in jail. She was sentenced to 20 years, but was given probation, as long as she didn't commit any more crimes.

"At 21 years old, she had the chance to turn her life completely around after killing my son," said Cantrell-Williams.

In 2012, Johnson was arrested on drug and public intoxication charges in Carroll County. The 20-year sentence hanging over her was not enforced. Instead, Johnson spent 45 days in jail with work release.

This fall, Johnson was arrested In Louisville for charges that include drug trafficking and carrying a gun.

"She is going to kill again, or she's going to get killed herself, or something drastic will happen again," said Cantrell-Williams.

When Johnson was arrested by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office this fall, no one picked up that she was a convicted felon. Cantrell's family says that misdemeanor gun charge should be upgraded to a felony, which comes with a heavier sentence. We raised questions about the oversight with the prosecutor's office and the sheriff's department which arrested her.

The sheriff's department says it expects the misdemeanor gun charge will be dropped and a felony gun charge will be added.

The Cantrell-Williams family fears it is too late, and that a plea deal is already on the table.

"How many times is she going to get a get-out-of jail free card? How many times?" Cantrell-Williams pleaded.

The prosecutor's office cannot comment on pending cases. What happens with the case next will have to come out in court Thursday, and an upgraded charge could change things.

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