Fleece Johnson, infamously known as the 'Booty Warrior" due to reportedly raping and sexually assaulting over 157 people while in prison, was released last year and is now speaking out about his 44 years behind bars.
Originally sentenced to 10 years for armed robbery on July 26, 1979 at Kentucky State Penitentiary, Johnson would later be sentenced to an additional 18 years in 1987 on charges of “Wanton Endangerment” and “1st Degree Assault.” Wanton endangerment is defined under Kentucky law as engaging in conduct that creates a substantial danger of serious physical injury or death to another person.
In October 1990, he was charged with “Assault on a Corrections Officer” four times, which added an additional 20 years to his sentence. From 1981 to 2013, he was up for parole 13 times after serving a minimum of 20-50 percent of his sentence however they were denied due to his sexual crimes on inmates and officers while incarcerated.
Fleece Johnson went viral as "The Booty Warrior" after his interview for MSNBC's “Lockup Raw: The Convict Code", a show intended for kids to make positive choices and avoid incarceration.
“In this prison, b**ty was more important than food,” Johnson said on the MSNBC show.
“B**ty. A man’s b**t. It was more important than, I’m serious, B**ty, having some b**ty, was more important than drinking water, man … when I see one and he looks good to me, when I go see him, I say, ‘Hey, you. Come here. I say, imma tell you what, I like you and I want you. We can do this the easy way or the hard way. So the choice is yours.’ And it was always a yes.”
After 4 decades in prison at the age of 57, Johnson was granted parole on June 28, 2015, after receiving a 'low-risk' assessment rating. Reportedly, he was officially released in June 2016, but he was arrested a few days later for armed robbery and sent back to prison.
Now in 2023, 1 year after his release, Hustler's Spirit published an interview with Johnson about his time in prison. During the interview, Johnson shared his thoughts on his Boondocks episode portrayal. The episode is called “A Date with the Booty Warrior“.
The episode follows the character Tom who recently conquered his prison rape phobia and decides to volunteer a field trip to a maximum security prison as part of a Scared Stiff program. But when a riot breaks out, Tom is forced to face his fears with the Booty Warrior directly.
When Johnson was asked if he ever saw the episode he said:
"I watched little of it but it watched aggravated me because that's not my character...portraying me as somebody I'm not."
He continued, "I don't have to run up on no motherf**ker asking for no booty. It's a
known fact where I was locked up I got p*ssy while I was locked up...he put me in a negative light to try to generate a negative light but what he did is it [hurt] me."
Johnson described during the interview that when he found out about the Boondocks episode he was up for parole and that when he got released in 2015, jobs would fire him due to the episode, hence why he was later sent back for armed robbery.
"You put me to the test I'll go out there and get my money, any way I can. I was trying to demonstrate when I got out of prison that it had turned over a new lead, I was done with all that crime sh*t, but I can go back into it if I had to. I have a wife now...I told her about it before we got married."
Johnson ultimately claims that he had only exaggerated his claims of "taking booty" to help scare the kids from making bad choices.
"I had no idea that when I did the [MSNBC] documentary that I would ever get out of prison and that all these other sites would come aboard and put it in a negative light...like I'm some kind of predator...I fucked some ass in there, I'm not gonna lie, but I didn't take it."