KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Prosecutors say a Bloods gang member who claims to be a “sovereign citizen” has been convicted of biting off the end of a Tennessee police officer’s thumb.
On Friday, Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen announced that a jury convicted 30-year-old Alexander Ray Johnson of aggravated assault, punishable by three to six years in prison, and two assault counts.
Prosecutors say a Knoxville officer stopped Johnson in June 2017 for speeding and for having a fake license plate that claimed a right to travel as a “Sovereign Hebrew Israelite.” Sovereign citizens deny the legitimacy of government authority.
Prosecutors say Johnson wouldn’t get out or provide his license, and argued whether speeding was a crime.
They say Johnson fought officers while they tried taking him into custody and bit backup officer Trey Lane’s thumb.
Prosecutors will request the maximum sentence.