Greenwood Man Convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter

Posted: June 12, 2018

On June 4, 2018, Jacob Alan Bohlen, age 39, pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter in connection with the April 2, 2017, death of Dennis Adam Johns, age 35, also of Greenwood.


Mr. Johns was in a dating relationship with Bohlen's ex-wife, Sharon.  In the late hours of April 1, 2017, Sharon called Bohlen and told him that Johns had assaulted her and requested that Bohlen come to her residence and intervene, something that Bohlen had done during prior incidents of domestic violence.  Sharon warned Bohlen that Johns was armed with a firearm.  Undeterred, Bohlen armed himself and drove to his ex-wife's home on Foxgrove Lane.  


Upon arrival, Johns and Bohlen exchanged words and had a brief armed stand-off while Sharon and her two children escaped in Sharon's vehicle.  Bohlen then followed Sharon in his pick-up truck, and Johns followed Bohlen in a third vehicle.  About a mile from the residence, Johns and Bohlen were involved in an initial traffic collision which was determined to be intentional.  Bohlen was able to drive away from the collision, and he met his ex-wife and children at the bottom of Sliger Mine Road where she was waiting.


Bohlen, for the first time, saw how badly injured his ex-wife was from the assault Johns had allegedly committed against her.  Bohlen directed Sharon to drive to a family member's home and turned his truck around to drive back up Sliger Mine Road to confront Johns again.  However, Bohlen encountered Johns outside of his vehicle much further down Sliger Mine Road than the initial collision, and a confrontation occurred that resulted in Johns being run over and killed by Bohlen. 


During the investigation, Bohlen gave several different accounts of what happened when his truck collided with Johns' body.  Bohlen's differing versions of what happened, however, were inconsistent with the physical evidence at the crime scene, including evidence that Bohlen's vehicle had come to either a complete stop, or nearly a complete stop, before aggressively accelerating towards Johns and running him over.


Bohlen was initially charged with murder, but given the facts and circumstances surrounding Mr. Johns' killing, Bohlen was allowed to plea to the lesser included offense of voluntary manslaughter, which is defined as "the unlawful killing of a human being upon a sudden quarrel or heat of passion."


The case was investigated by the El Dorado Sheriff's Office, the District Attorney's Office and the California Highway Patrol Multi Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team ("MAIT") and prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Ashley Colivas.  Sentencing is scheduled for July 13, 2018, in front of the Honorable Kenneth J. Melikian.