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Detained in Mexico! Leonard Padilla Discusses Dylan Ryan Johnson

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  • Dylan Johnson was arrested on February 7th,  2012  for a alleged crime that occurred in Guanjuato, Mexico in 2003.
  • No evidence. No DNA. No motive. 
  • Police report estimated victim’s age to be 27, not 16, as some unofficial sources claim. 
  • A corrupt photo array containing five photos of Mexican men and one American male (Dylan). 
  • Sole “witness” interviewed 6 years after the crime.
  • According to the witness’s  description, the assailant had blonde hair and blue eyes. Dylan has brown hair and green eyes. 
  • The license plate, make and model of the truck was never reported, yet Johnson’s truck was seized illegally based on color alone. 
  • 6 months in solitary confinement in the U.S. , being denied medical care. Denied hygiene products and medical care in Mexico.
  • Writ of Habeas Corpus dismissed, due to late filling by public defender.
  • Rapid extradition without legal notification. Extradited without proper identification, Dylan has no ID in Mexico. 
  • Admitting to no signs of sexual activity, Mexico dropped the rape charge.
  • April 9, 2013 Dylan is sentenced to 13 years.
  • May 25, 2013  13 year sentence is vacated. Retrial is immediately started. 
  • September 15, 2013 Dylan is sentenced to 13 years. 


November 8, 2013 13 year sentence is vacated for the second time.