Johnny Zacchara
Brandon Barash as Johnny Zacchara
General Hospital
Portrayed by Brandon Barash
Created by Robert Guza, Jr.
Duration 2007—2016
First appearance September 18, 2007
Last appearance January 26, 2016
Gender Male
Date of birth November 22, 1983 (1983-11-22) (age 36)
Occupation Mobster
Mechanic (front for organization)
Residence Pentonville Penitentiary
Port Charles, New York

John "Johnny" Anthony Zacchara is a fictional character on the ABC soap opera, General Hospital. Within the series, he was thought to be the son of notorious NYC crime lord, Anthony Zacchara, and has become a member of the Zacchara organization. In early 2012, however, it was revealed that Anthony pimped his daughter Claudia out to his associate, Gino Soleito and that Claudia is his mom, making Anthony his grandfather.

The role was portrayed by Brandon Barash from September 18, 2007 until May 3, 2013. He made a return from December 5, 2014 until February 10, 2015 and again from December 8, 2015 to January 26, 2016.



Brandon Barash first appeared in the contract role of Johnny Zacchara on September 18, 2007.

Barash revealed that he auditioned for the role with costar Julie Marie Berman (Lulu Spencer). Brandon Barash ranked at #9 on Daytime Confidential's list of the "Top 10 Newcomers of 2007."

The post applauded Barash for being one of the most talented newcomers and sharing chemistry with all of his costars. In July 2008, Barash ranked at #25 on TV Guide's list of "Soap's Sexiest Men."

In the spring of 2012 rumors began circulating that Barash had been let go from the series. The speculation was so strong that some of Barash's own castmates began to express concern and support when fans started a petition to save the actor's job on Twitter. The show's newly installed executive producer, Frank Valentini later took to Twitter himself to dispel the rumors of Barash's firing.[1]

After almost a year of denying rumors, Barash revealed at a fan event in late January 2013 that he had filmed his last scenes. Barash finally confirmed his departure via Twitter on March 5, 2013.[2] His last appearance was May 13, 2013.

On November 10, 2014, representatives at ABC confirmed Barash's return to the series in an unknown capacity, though, believed to be a story-dictated arc return.[3][4][5] He returned to the show on December 5, 2014. He made his last appearance on February 10, 2015.[6]

On October 29, 2015, Soap Opera Digest broke the news that Barash would reprise the of Johnny, set to appear sometime in early December 2015.[7][8][9] He returned on December 8, 2015. He made his last appearance on January 26, 2016.


John Anthony Zacharra was conceived via Claudia Zacharra and a notorious crime boss from NYC named Gino Soleito due to Claudia being pimed out to Gino by his grandfather Anthony Zacchara, who was thought to be his father until early 2012. Prior to coming to Port Charles, Johnny was looked after by Trevor Lansing since he saw Anthony shoot his "mother." Anthony has become obsessed with keeping his "son" close to him.


“It's hard to have a good relationship with your father when the guy tried to kill you. Johnny lost his mother at age nine when she saved him from being shot by his unstable father, Anthony.

Now finally free of his sheltered life, he's determined to put his toxic family legacy behind him, no matter what the cost. Did we mention he defines the term "bad boy"?”

Upon his introduction in 2007, the character of Johnny is described as the volatile loose canon son of mob boss, Anthony Zacchara (Bruce Weitz).

The handsome, troubled, Johnny, described as a "bad boy with a good heart" is torn between staying loyal to his family and trying to maintain a sense of normalcy so that he can have a love life.

During an interview with BuddyTV, Barash admitted that playing Johnny often felt like playing two roles.

"There are so many layers to Johnny. You see one thing on the exterior, but there's so much going on underneath all that."

An interview with Soap Town USA listed the similarities between Barash and his character as "handsome, driven, well-layered and well-spoken."

Barash also described Johnny as "brooding" and that Johnny always carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. As of 2008, Barash observed Johnny as being "volatile" and almost "childish" in a lot of ways. Johnny is both sure and unsure of what he wants in life.



Johnny is first introduced as a troubled young man, when he meets Lulu Spencer, the girlfriend of Logan Hayes. For years, Johnny has been looked after by lawyer Trevor Lansing, because Johnny witnessed his insane father, Anthony, shoot his mother, Maria. Anthony now obsessed with keeping his son near him. Lulu continues to interact with the troubled young man, despite disapproval from her friends Jason Morgan and Damian Spinelli. Johnny sneaks into Nikolas Cassadine's Black and White Ball, as his father is intent on killing Lulu to keep his son from her. Anthony terrorizes the guests, while Diego Alcazar murders Nikolas' fiancée, Emily Quartermaine.

After a confrontation with Jason Morgan, Anthony is paralyzed due to a fall, and Johnny takes over as the head of the Zacchara family. Disapproving of the relationship, Trevor tries to have Lulu killed, but Johnny is able to save her. Tensions arise between Johnny, fellow mob boss Sonny Corinthos, and the mysterious Moreau, who is revealed to be Jerry Jacks. After "Moreau" briefly kidnaps Lulu, Johnny is hurt in an explosion. Though Logan objects, Lulu insists on tending to Johnny, leading to Johnny and Lulu admitting their feelings for each other.

Meanwhile, his sister Claudia Zacchara becomes more involved with the family business. When Logan reveals that he intended to frame Johnny as Emily's killer, Logan and Lulu struggle, and she puts him into a coma by hitting him with a wrench. Johnny and Lulu finally make love on the Haunted Star, and intend to begin a relationship. Sonny kidnaps Johnny, mistakenly believing he is responsible for shooting Sonny's lover Kate Howard and kidnapping his son Michael. Sonny learns that Michael was responsible for shooting Kate and actually ran away, but refuses to release Johnny until Claudia brokers a deal to use shipping lanes controlled by the Zacchara organization. The siblings are reunited in a waterfront cannery, but are caught in an explosion caused by Diego. After helping Michael escape from the warehouse, Johnny reunites with Lulu, who ends things with Logan. Claudia and Johnny decide to present a united front to take down their father, who's release from an insane asylum was orchestrated by Sonny's half-brother and enemy Ric Lansing. The siblings also conspire to have Sonny killed, but their assassin Ian Devlin hits Michael instead, sending him into a permanent vegetative state. Believing Lulu can make his son happy, Anthony forces Johnny and Lulu to continue their relationship. Despite tension between Lulu and Claudia, Johnny decides to let his girlfriend help collect information about his father to send him away to prison for good!

From Johnny's apartment, Lulu sees Logan attack Maxie Jones, and when he breaks into the apartment with an axe, she kills him in self defense. When Johnny tells Claudia he is responsible for the death, the siblings attempt to cover up the murder, but Johnny is soon arrested. Lulu begins to become unstable, and she breaks Johnny out of the police station using a gun she brought and pretending to be his hostage. They assume fake identities, but Lulu begins to hallucinate, believing that she sees Logan's ghost. When Johnny learns of the similar circumstances surrounding the mental breakdown of her mother Laura Webber, he takes her to Shadybrook Sanitarium for treatment. Johnny is found not guilty for murdering Logan, and Lulu begins to recover until she sees a note acknowledging her role in Logan's death. With the help of her mother Lulu is able to recover, and the couple reconcile, though Johnny continues to be tormented over his role in Michael's injuries.

Upon learning of his father's role in the second shooting of Kate Howard and his sister's marriage of convenience to Sonny, Johnny decides to sever all ties to his family business. He moves in with new roommates Lulu and Maxie, and begins to search for a job. With no further education since high school and his known association with the mafia, Johnny finds no one willing to hire him, and during his job search he is arrested and charged with assault, a frame by Anthony in an attempt to get him to return to the organization. He is bailed out of this trouble by Lulu's father Luke Spencer, with assistance from Sonny Corinthos. Johnny's frustration over finances and guilt over his role in Michael's coma lead him to contemplate ending his relationship with Lulu. He also considers having sex with Maxie to make sure the split is permanent, but the two are unable to go through with it. Eventually, after accompanying Maxie to an event representing Crimson, he takes Kate's offer of $1,000 per event as Maxie's official Crimson escort.

Maxie and Johnny miss another date to a club opening for Crimson to help Claudia get Ric's stomach pumped after she drugged him. Due to this, Lulu got a call stating Maxie and Johnny never arrived, prompting Spinelli and Lulu to become suspicious. Spinelli confronts Johnny about the incident, stating he will fight for Maxie. Maxie called Johnny who told Maxie to make sure Lulu doesn't know what happened. Johnny confessed to Lulu that he and Maxie had almost had sex during the blizzard. He tells her that he wants to be free to be who he is and that he doesn't want to have to apologize for everything that he does. He and Maxie later meet at the dock where he begins his next move of self-destruction, telling her he wants to burn down his life and does not care, now that Lulu is out of it. He tells her that he wants her. Spinelli later catches Maxie and Johnny engaged in a kiss.


Lulu breaks up with Johnny, leading Johnny to sleep with Olivia Falconeri, who he began dating in May 2009. After Anthony is arrested, Johnny becomes a part of Sonny's organization, despite Sonny's hostility towards him. He tries to prove himself loyal to Sonny, despite all the setbacks. Johnny is constantly covering for his sister, including saving Jason from hitmen sent by Claudia to kill him. Johnny goes to Sonny's warehouse to cover Lulu's new boyfriend, Dominic's, shift during the carnival. Unknown to them, Anthony has sent his men to shoot down the warehouse. While trying to save Spinelli, Johnny ends up getting shot. Anthony is furious, as well as Claudia. He manages to recover when Spinelli calls the police and brings him to the hospital. Johnny tells Claudia to keep her distance from Michael after he wakes up from his coma in the middle of May. Claudia still tries to become friends with Michael and manipulates him to believe she had nothing to do with his shooting. He confesses to Olivia that his sister was responsible for putting Sonny's son, Michael, in a coma, and Olivia reveals that she already knows that when Jerry told his brother, Jax.

Johnny is upset when his sister gets pregnant to protect herself from Sonny, and tells her she is headed straight for trouble. Claudia suffers a miscarriage when she is run off the road. At first, Michael confesses to running Claudia off the road before running away. Johnny is furious when he finds out Claudia sent Jerry after Michael and tells her he's done covering for her. It is later revealed that Sonny's daughter, Kristina, was the one who ran Claudia off the road. Claudia hates Johnny's relationship with Olivia, and blackmails Olivia into breaking up with her brother. Johnny is able to figure out the truth, however, but gets nowhere with Claudia confessing. Johnny then becomes manipulative and makes Claudia believe he's reconciling with her so that she won't know that he's still with Olivia. Johnny finds out from Jason that the proof that Claudia got Michael shot has finally been found, and Sonny will be told. Before he can warn his sister, he is kidnapped by Joey Limbo, his father's henchman, on Anthony's orders so that Johnny won't get caught in the crossfire when Joey takes out Sonny. He is saved, though, by Morgan and Molly. After dropping them home, he runs to the Metro Court, where Sonny is having a birthday party for Claudia. He arrives in time to hear Sonny rip into Claudia for getting Michael shot. Claudia ends up pulling a gun and takes Carly Jacks, Sonny's ex-wife, hostage.

Johnny, in an attempt to find Claudia and stop her, goes to the old Zacchara house, and runs into Lulu and Dominic. Lulu ends up getting seriously injured and Johnny calls paramedics while Dominic stays with her. The two of them manage to save Lulu, and when Johnny gets to the hospital, he finds out Carly has been found and brought to the hospital. He is told Claudia disappeared, but he knows Claudia is probably dead. He is visibly upset about this, and tells Olivia that Claudia was the only person who ever stuck up for him. Johnny finds out Dominic is Olivia's son, Dante, and is an undercover cop. He is at an impasse about whether to stay with Olivia or tell Sonny the truth. He decides to let Dante's identity stay a secret so that Sonny will be caught for murdering his sister. On December 28, 2009, an artist, Franco, sends Johnny a picture of Claudia's empty grave, and Johnny confronts Jason over it.

Jason admits to Johnny that Michael was the one who, actually killed Claudia on accident. Johnny is upset and hits Jason, but later on, while talking to Olivia, he tells her he knows who killed his sister, but doesn't say who. On January 11, 2010, Franco blows up a warehouse where Lulu was being held hostage. Luckily, Dante saves her right before the warehouse explodes. However, when the cops are clearing out the warehouse, they find Claudia's body, conveniently placed there by Franco. Johnny is upset at how his sister's body is used as a pawn with Franco. He reveals to Dante that he knows who he is, but also tells him he's not going to out him because he wants justice done for his sister and he doesn't want to see Olivia get hurt, either. Jason later asks him to keep quiet about the fact that Michael killed Claudia. Johnny attends Josslyn Jacks' christening.

In March 2010, Sonny is arrested for Claudia's murder. Johnny teams up with Prosecutor Claire Walsh to bring down Sonny. Johnny lies on the stand that Claudia was abused routinely by Sonny. Kristina Davis, Sonny's 17-year-old daughter, hears his testimony and storms out of the courtroom. Sonny is eventually acquitted of all charges in May 2010 when his son Michael confesses. Johnny rails at Dante and blames him for sending Michael to prison and protecting Sonny once again. Kristina, overwhelmed by Michael sent to prison and learning her father is an abuser, turns to Johnny, who conforts her. Kristina concocts a plan for Johnny and her to pretend as though they are going out and are sexually intimate in order to torment her father. Johnny initially refuses to do so, but ultimately gives in when Kristina continues to push the issue, seeing it as an opportunity to get revenge on Sonny for what he did to Claudia. However, Johnny soon realizes that Kristina is taking things too far and manages to convince her to quit the charade. On the same night that she finally decides to quit the charade, they are caught in a car bomb planted by Max and Milo on Sonny's orders. Sonny was sending a message to Johnny to stay away from Kristina. Fortunately, both survive with minimal injuries, and Johnny vows never to see Kristina again under these pretenses.

The feud between Johnny and Sonny continues to grow more and more volatile. After a confrontation, Johnny is shot by Sonny in self defense and crooked cop Ronnie Dimestico hides Johnny's gun that he had in the confrontation with Sonny, in order to make it look like Sonny tried to kill him. However, Jason and Dante are able to prove that Johnny was the aggressor in the confrontation and after this event, Johnny and Sonny finally decide to make a peace agreement. Johnny then turns to picking up petty jobs, one of them being to follow a man that was stalking Sam Morgan and take him out if he says too much or is discovered. Jason quickly catches up with the guy that is stalking Sam and confronts him. Johnny takes the guy out from a sniper position before he can talk and in return is shot by Jason. He has Ethan get Lisa Niles to save him. He blackmails Lisa with the syringe she used to try to kill Robin so that she will help him with his gunshot wounds.


Johnny and Lisa overtime grow somewhat close and begin sleeping together. Lisa confides in Johnny her problems with Robin and Patrick and he somehow gets pulled into her games and schemes. Eventually, fed up with Robin and Lisa's constant squabbling over the syringe, Johnny calls them both to his apartment and arranges a scavenger hunt for it. When Lisa's search nearly causes her to lose her job at General Hospital and delays her greatly, she turns to Johnny for help. Johnny, however, reveals that it wasn't really about the syringe, but to try to get her to finally get over her obsession with Patrick and move on with her life. When Patrick finds out about this, he insists to Johnny that Lisa is too far gone to be helped and just as deranged as Claudia.

Nevertheless, Johnny tries to save Lisa and offers to get her out of the country, when she is facing attempted murder charges so that she could start a new life. However Lisa was too far gone and double crosses Johnny by knocking him unconscious and continuing on with her revenge. Johnny however is unable to save Lisa and months later she is killed. Johnny continued to taunt Sonny and rile him on issues from both a personal and business perspective. Fed up with Johnny, Sonny digs up dirt on his past. On January 23, 2012, Sonny revealed to Johnny that he was really the biological son of Gino Soleito and Claudia, whom he thought was his sister his whole life. Sonny adds further insult to injury when he announces to a whole room full of people the truth about Johnny's paternity at a charity event. Carly Jacks comforts him after the event and the two soon start a sexual relationship, however they do not go public with their relationship until months later.

Sonny is later arrested for shooting out Anthony Zacchara's tires, causing the car accident that killed Cole Thornhart and Hope Manning-Thornhart. Johnny and Carly's relationship was shaky with many disapproving and fell apart when Johnny slept with Connie Falconeri (Kate Howard's alternate personality). Sonny and Carly walked in on Johnny in bed with Connie. Carly, feeling betrayed by Johnny, tries to seduce Sonny, but Sonny backs off realizing that it was not a good idea. Carly later dumps Johnny and ignores him when he tries to get her back. Later on, Johnny shoots Anthony four times killing him, after revealing that he was the one who caused the accident that killed Cole and Hope and had Kate's alter Connie take the fall, then Heather Webber steals the body of Anthony Zacchara and buries him on the night of the severe thunderstorm. Carly later takes Johnny back and they agree to never keep secrets from each other again, causing Johnny more guilt. Johnny decides to have a fresh start by buying the Haunted Star and becoming business partners with Lulu. He also gives Starr Manning a fresh start by letting her record an album and become a singer at the Haunted Star, which is now a night club.

During the failed October 2012 wedding of Sonny and Kate Howard, Connie interrupts and tells everyone that she can not marry Sonny. It is revealed that Connie blackmailed Johnny into marrying her to keep herself out of the psych ward. To throw more insult to the devastation for Carly, Connie says that Johnny and her have been sleeping with each other behind Carly's and Sonny's backs for months. Carly tries to get Johnny to tell her why he is doing this, but Johnny refuses to tell her. Carly breaks up with him. Later on at the Metro Court, Johnny is furious when he is informed that Carly is with Todd. He angrily walks out when Carly tells him that she can be with anyone since he has Connie. He later goes to the Pier and finds Duke Lavery. They talk and Johnny wonders why Duke is so interested in working as a bartender and knows so much about the mob. On December 12, Connie has made Johnny's life miserable enough that he wants to confess to the three murders of his grandfather, Hope and Cole Thornhart. He tries to confess to Starr, but can't due an interruption.

Then he goes to Kelly's and Carly walks in with her daughter Josslyn. Johnny tries to confess to Carly, but Todd stops him. He then goes to Todd's office (also Connie's) and says that confessing to four murders wouldn't be too bad than the current three. He then storms out of the office. Later Johnny is visited by his lawyer Diane Miller about possible options that he may have to reduce or suspend the sentences when he confesses to the murders of Anthony, Cole, and Hope. Diane suggests that Johnny give the DA information on a bigger criminal. He says that he could cough up info on Todd's involvement in the baby Switch of Danny Morgan and Victor Lord III. Diane says that it would be a conflict of interest for her to represent Johnny to get him off while also representing Todd to incriminate and send him to prison. Johnny later goes to Michael's to talk to Starr about his misdeeds.

On December 20, Johnny tries to reveal his misdeeds but Starr's father, Todd, is calling people who Johnny would confess to (i.e. the police, Carly, and Starr). Todd calls Starr and finds out that Johnny is over there and he fakes a heart attack. Starr believes this and rushes over to Todd's office without calling help as instructed. Johnny's confession is stopped once again, so he goes back to his penthouse and calls Carly. Carly is weary to listen to Johnny and says that she will consider it. Connie is on the steps to the bedrooms and comes behind Johnny and smashes Johnny with a glass object. Connie puts Johnny in the trunk and she crashes the car on the highway (of Cole and Hope's deaths) when she sees Ellie Trout in the roadway. Another car consisting of Michael, Starr, Kristina, and Trey also crashes. He reveals that he, not Connie, shot Anthony's tires out and thus killed Cole and Hope to Starr and subsequently to Michael, Dante, Carly, and Todd. Trey and Ellie are transported to the hospital, where Johnny is arrested. However, Johnny is ready to reveal Todd's secrets to Carly and others as well.

On January 7, Johnny reveals that he has eyewitnesses that Todd played an active role in the baby switch. Both Johnny and Todd are transported to the Police Station by Dante and placed in the same jail cell together. Johnny is sentenced to 20 years in prison. Prior to being transferred he gives Starr his share of the Haunted Star. He is seen in Pentonville talking to Kristina on February 15. He calls Carly, but she doesn't pick up. He then calls Connie and has her come to the prison. He informs Connie that Morgan is in danger on April 26. He says that there is a scheme going on in military schools where they get the students hooked in gambling debts. Olivia comes to visit Johnny in prison. She asks him if he is setting a trap for Sonny and he says that this time he's just protecting Morgan.


In 2014, when Sonny is sent to Pentonville for murdering A.J. Quartermaine, he is approached by Johnny in the exercise yard. Johnny expresses sympathy towards Sonny for having a member of his family kidnapped, and offers his help. Sonny thanks Johnny and they shake hands, as a group of inmates approach Sonny. Johnny says he is sorry, but he has acquired power within the prison walls, and could lose it if he shows weakness. He then allows his guys to violently assault Sonny. On Decmeber 12, Johnny reveals to Sonny that he has a role in Ric's disappearance by saying, "'Cause if you don't, I'm gonna cut up your brother piece by measly piece. That's right. Ric's alive, and I got him." Johnny is attempting to form an alliance between Port Charles' 3 Crime Families (Corinthos, Jerome and Zacchara) with himself at the head. He can only do this if he takes over Sonny's and Julian Jerome's territories.

Johnny says that he'll kill Ric if Sonny doesn't hand over his territory to him. Unfortunately for Johnny, Shawn asks one of Julian's associates, Jordan Ashford (actually an undercover agent working for Anna Devane) about Ric's whereabouts. Jordan says she'll help Shawn find him as Johnny's associate and Julian's hit man, Carlos Rivera witnesses this. He informs Johnny about this, prompting Johnny to order the hit on Ric. Sonny tries to kill him for ordering it, but Franco stops him. Ric is later rescued from Carlos by Shawn and Jordan.

Days later, Johnny is let out of Pentonville after it is revealed that he did not murder Anthony. He also reunites with Lulu, who tells him that she missed him and they reminisce. The two end up doing shots together just as her husband, Det. Dante walks in. Also on that day, Carlos orders Julian to falsely confess to his grandfather's murder or else he'll kill him. Julian is forced to do so and joins Sonny in Pentonville. On January 8, he is confronted by Dante and Det. Nathan West who threaten him to stay away from Maxie and Lulu. After they leave, he talks to Fluke about how he exactly looks like Luke Spencer and Julian's confession. On January 9, "Fluke" wants Johnny to kill Julian. This command given to him makes Johnny call his thugs and order them to kill Julian. They fail after Julian and his apperant friend, Sonny kill two of them and the others are dragged out of the cell by security.

On January 15, Johnnny comes to the Haunted Star to tell Lulu that he bought his half of the Haunted Star back and that they are back in business together. Then, they discuss how Dante showed up at Johnny's apartment and threatened him away from Lulu. Lulu gets mad that Dante would do that and that he didn't tell her. Dante arrives and asks Johnny what the hell is he doing here. Lulu and Dante argue about how he showed up at Johnny's with Nathan and warned him away from her. Dante says he's trying to protect her but Lulu says that she's a grown woman. Dante asks how does he know that Johnny's not here to hit on her. Lulu says that Johnny bought back his half of the Haunted Star and that they are back in business together. Johnny says that's true and he just wanted to tell Lulu the good news. Dante doesn't like the idea of Lulu being in business with a "criminal" but Lulu defends him by saying that he didn't kill Anthony.

Johnny asks Dante if he's still angry that he and Lulu had shots together and says that it was a total coincidence that Lulu was at the Metro Court when he went to have a drink to celebrate his freedom. Dante refers to his "other" crimes, Lulu asks Dante if he has any evidence against Johnny while Johnny notes he has been squeaky clean. Dante says he doesn't need evidence, he says Johnny has been trying to get out of the mob organization but can't and he doesn't want someone like that hanging around his wife. Lulu says to Dante that Johnny owns half of the Haunted Star and she can't do anything about it. Dante tells her to sell her half to Johnny. Lulu refuses to because its apart of her history. Things eventually come to blows and Lulu is not happy with her husband or Johnny.

Later on, Johnny runs into Maxie at the Haunted Star. The two of them catch up and he is surprised to find out that she has a daughter with Spinelli. They talk about his desire to be a father to a little girl, whom he wants to name Harper, after the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (Brandon and Kirsten's (Maxie) real life daughter's name is Harper and the story he told was how he and Kirsten picked her name). They also talk about what happened with Dante and Lulu. He also mentions Nathan and his instant dislike of him. She tells him that she never told Nathan about their not relationship so she wants to know what he did to make Nathan not like him. Maxie also wants to know if he is after Lulu. Johnny says he's not going to waste his time on someone he can't have. He says he wants someone he could build a life with, someone like Maxie, but she tells him that they don't have a future.

After Lulu tells Johnny how she enjoys having her father back, Johnny is about to say something when Michael arrives. Johnny attends the party and hears that Jake was arrested. He later learns from "Fluke" that Julian and Sonny escaped from Pentonville and he and Carlos leave to intercept them. Johnny and Carlos track them down, injure them in a car accident, and engage in a gun battle with Julian and Sonny, while Ava and Franco escape out the back. Julian ends up being shot in the leg by Johnny and Sonny gets distracted by helping him. Johnny sneaks up and holds Sonny at gunpoint, but Julian shoots him in the shoulder. Johnny finds and Carlos and they run away. It is later revealed that they ended up at Sabrina's apartment. Carlos begs Sabrina to save Johnny, to which she finally agrees. She takes the bullet out of Johnny's shoulder and takes care of him until Nathan shows up. Johnny and Carlos hid but Carlos is caught. Carlos says that Johnny went out the window. It is revealed that Johnny went to Maxie for help which she reluctantly gives by letting him take some money and her car keys. Then, he leaves Port Charles.

Johnny showed up on the Haunted Star on December 8, 2015. Lulu confided in Johnny about her estrangement from Dante due to his relationship with her cousin, Valerie Spencer. Johnny offered to help Lulu get Valerie out of Port Charles. He was discovered by Dillon Quartermaine and Maxie, but Lulu convinced them both to not say anything about Johnny's presence in Port Charles. Johnny ran into Valerie by "accident" a few times, under an alias. It was revealed that he was trying to make it look like she was taking money for drugs. On NYE, Johnny and Lulu almost slept together before Lulu decided she still wanted to be with Dante.

In January 2016, Johnny lured Valerie out to the middle of nowhere and tied her up in an old abandoned cabin, that eventually caught on fire. He was later arrested while trying to flee Port Charles. He then took the rap for Lulu saying that he threatened her into helping him. A few days later, he is seen in an orange Pentonville jumpsuit. But before being taken to Pentonville, Lulu shows up to talk to him and to apologize. She thanks him for taking the rap for her and for giving her a second chance with Rocco. She also tells him to work on his good side in prison and not to join a gang. He asks if there is a chance for them and while she will always love him but she wants him to change for him, not for her. Then he is taken back to Pentonville.


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