Robert Johnson, a paid consultant for Securus Technologies is on a mission to keep inmates from having cell phones. Way back in 2010 he worked as a corrections officer for 15 years in South Carolina’s Lee Correctional Institution. His main responsibility then was to seize contrabands. He did an exemplary job and was quite good at it that he got shot inside his home.
Recalling the incident, Johnson says that two weeks prior to getting shot, they got hold of a large contraband package worth $50,000. On March 5, 2010, while getting ready for work at 5:30 in the morning he heard a boom and his front door was kicked in. He immediately knew that it was a contract hit and lured the hitman into the hallway to keep him from his wife who was then sleeping in the bedroom.
A struggled ensued, but the other man who was bigger was able to shove him backward and leveled a gun at him. Johnson said the last thing he remembered is the barrel of the gun being raised towards him. He woke up after some time on the bathroom floor where the gunman shot him six times at a distance of six feet on the chest and stomach.
At the hospital, the chaplain and doctors told his wife that his chances of survival were not good and must prepare herself for the worst. During the operation, Johnson died twice but was resuscitated. He claims that he was just “too stubborn to stay dead”. And his doctor states that it was a miracle he survived at all.
The gunman hired to kill Johnson was Sean Echols, an ex-convict who was just released from prison. Nichols was arrested and convicted of trying to kill Johnson.
Johnson said that Echols was contacted by the people who want him dead through a contraband cell phone, and his payment of $6,000 was given on a Greendot card that was reloadable.
The shooting required Johnson to undergo 23 surgeries and endured pains on a daily basis. However, the shootout incident did not deter Johnson from preventing inmates to foster crimes from prison by using cell phones.
In a hearing conducted by the Federal Communications Commission last March 2017, Johnson testified about the hazards of inmates having contraband cell phones inside the prison.
To address the issue, the FCC regulates airwaves used by cell phone providers and employs a federal law to restrict or block signals altogether, if necessary. Securus Technologies on the other hand is implementing their Wireless Containment System to stop cell phone calls made by inmates in the state of Florida.