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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 28, 2001


Ex-speaker's prison time ends

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE -- Former Florida House Speaker Bolley "Bo" Johnson has been released from a federal prison camp and transferred to a halfway house to complete his tax evasion sentence, a camp spokesman said.

Johnson, who began his two-year sentence at the minimum-security camp in the Florida Panhandle on Aug. 30, 1999, was released Monday, said public information officer Archie Longley.

He said the halfway house is in the Pensacola area.

Johnson, a Democrat from nearby Milton, was convicted of failing to report $452,675 in income from consulting fees that lobbyists and businesses paid to him and his wife, Judi, over several years. She also was convicted and has completed a 15-month sentence.

McDonald's manager jailed in brawl

MARGATE -- A McDonald's manager is facing an aggravated battery charge, accused of beating a customer with a telephone for using a racial slur during an argument over service.

The fight sent the customer to a hospital.

According to a police report, customer Jeanne Lillis was in the restaurant's drive-through lane Saturday and complained about the food order she had received. Manager Kenyatta Kano Siler, 26, of Pompano Beach asked Lillis to pull her car forward, out of the line of cars.

Lillis did so, then came into the restaurant and had a shouting match with Siler that quickly got out of control, according to the report by Officer Catherine Buntz.

Lillis and witnesses confirmed to police that she used the racial slur, said Lt. Jerry Pettigrossi, police spokesman.

Lillis needed 16 stitches to close her wounds, Pettigrossi reported.

Siler was released on $5,000 bond Sunday from the Broward County Jail. She could face up to 15 years in prison and fines as high as $10,000 if convicted.

A man who answered the phone at the restaurant Tuesday said Siler was not available for comment and said he didn't "have any information on" whether she still worked there.

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