Cult leader's companion sentenced in
The Macon Telegraph/April 13, 2004
By Sharon E. Crawford
A companion of cult leader and convicted child molestor Malachi
York will spend two years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday
to molesting four children.
Though not legally married, prosecutors describe Kathy Johnson
as the "main wife" of York, leader of the United Nuwaubian Nations
of Moors, a quasi-religious sect based on a sprawling,
Egyptian-themed compound in Putnam County.
As part of the plea agreement in Putnam Superior Court, federal
prosecutors agreed to drop their case against Johnson, said Dawn
Baskin, an assistant district attorney in the Ocmulgee Circuit.
Johnson, 35, was taken to the Putnam County Jail after pleading
guilty to seven counts of child molestation.
Superior Court Judge William A. Prior sentenced Johnson to 20
years in prison - two of which must be served with the remainder
on probation. Johnson was also banished from Georgia, except for
Clayton County, and will not get any credit for the five months
she spent in federal custody in 2002.
"Many of the victims in this case are just ready for this to be
over with," Baskin said. "We have victims calling us and begging
us to bring this to an end."