Former Youth Mentor Pleads Guilty

Darrlyn Johnson, shown in WIBW file footage

A former Chicago gang member who came to Topeka to teach young people the importance of making good decisions made a plea bargain Monday in a five-year old drug and kidnapping case.

Darrlyn Johnson was involved in several projects motivating young people when he was charged in two cases in 2003. One case involved drug charges, the other included drug charges along with kidnapping, burglary and criminal threats. Monday, the drug case was dropped and, in the other, Johnson pleaded guilty to only the aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary charges - the drug and kidnapping charges in that case were also dropped.

Johnson will be sentenced March 24th. Any prison time will run concurrent to his sentence in a federal case that also has been ongoing.