ABC NEWS - Closing arguments
"Prosecutors say his mother used him as a pawn against his biological father because she
was angry at him and wanted to hurt him in the aftermath of their relationship."
"In his closing statements, Johnson's attorney, Marc Victor, said he disagrees that what
Johnson did could be characterized as kidnapping. Victor said he did not call witnesses
because the state did not present a convincing case that Johnson was guilty of kidnapping.
He instead said the lawsuit was an example of "an ugly custody interference case."
"Johnson did not take the stand during the trial. She cannot be tried for murder in Arizona since Gabriel was last seen in Texas."
Elizabeth Johnson, 26, will be sentenced at a later date on the charges of unlawful imprisonment, custodial interference and conspiracy to commit custodial interference. She would have faced an additional 24 years had she been convicted of kidnapping.
"Elizabeth Johnson -- whose 8-month-old baby, Gabriel, disappeared in 2009
after she allegedly took him to Texas -- was found guilty Thursday of unlawful
imprisonment and custodial interference. Johnson also was originally charged
with kidnapping, but the jury couldn't reach a verdict on that charge.
Instead, the jury found her guilty with aggravating circumstances on the lesser
charge of imprisonment and two custodial interference charges. Her next
appearance in court will be November 1 when the judge will set a sentencing date.
She has already served nearly three years in jail, having been taken into custody
shortly after Gabriel disappeared.
SENTENCING DATE: NOVEMBER 1, 2012