On January 11, 2021, David Harold Johnson was sentenced for his role in the rape and murder of Rose Marie Long, age 71, of Prince Frederick, MD. Judge Mark S. Chandlee of the Circuit Court for Calvert County sentenced Johnson to life imprisonment for first degree murder, life imprisonment for first degree rape, and five years’ imprisonment for the theft of Ms. Long’s vehicle. The sentences were made to run consecutively to one another, meaning that Johnson, age 49, likely will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Johnson was residing in Calvert County on Sunday, June 7, 2020, when he entered Ms. Long’s home on Stafford Road in Prince Frederick. Once inside, he raped Ms. Long and strangled her to death using a cell phone charging cord. He then stole her vehicle and left the area.
Mr. Johnson was identified as the assailant using Ring doorbell video obtained from Ms. Long’s home. A lookout was broadcast. On June 9, 2020, a concerned citizen spotted Mr. Johnson driving Ms. Long’s vehicle on Route 4 in the vicinity of Skinner’s Turn Road. He called the police, and Johnson was arrested by Sheriff’s Office deputies a short time later. Johnson ultimately admitted his involvement to detectives from the Maryland State Police. Johnson was also identified as the perpetrator through DNA samples obtained from Ms. Long’s body.
The case was prosecuted by Calvert County State’s Attorney Robert H. Harvey, Jr. Mr. Harvey wishes to thank Cpl. Kyle Simms of the Maryland State Police and his investigative team for their thoroughness, attention to detail, and dedication to the pursuit of justice in this case.