Authorities have found a Rockford man who has been on the lam since May, disappearing moments before a jury convicted him of first-degree murder. Winnebago County Assistant State’s Attorney Bob Schuman said this morning that Brian S. Johnson, 39, is in police custody in Arizona.

Authorities have found a Rockford man who has been on the lam since May, disappearing moments before a jury convicted him of first-degree murder.


Winnebago County Assistant State’s Attorney Bob Schuman said Thursday morning that Brian S. Johnson, 39, is in police custody in Arizona.


Mexican officials found him Wednesday in Mexico and turned him over to the U.S. Marshal’s office in Mexico, Schuman said, who then brought Johnson back to the United States.


Johnson, who was found guilty of killing 30-year-old Britton Tullock in 2001, left the Winnebago County Courthouse on May 28, just before the reading of the guilty verdict. He had been missing since.


Attorneys were planning to sentence Johnson in absentia for the murder conviction Thursday, but that proceeding has been postponed to await Johnson’s return to Winnebago County.


Schuman said he’s sure police have the right person and extradition to Illinois will not be a problem.


Johnson was out of jail on bond pending the conclusion of his trial. He faces a sentencing range of 20 to 60 years in prison for the murder conviction.


Corina Curry can be reached at ccurry@rrstar.com or (815) 987-1395.