Lifer Seeks Better Life on Death Row Killer eyes amenities that come with capital punishment By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Oct 28, 2009 3:48 AM CDT 6 comments Comments Billy Joe Johnson seeks the more comfortable lifestyle of death row. (Orange County District Attorney's Office) (Newser) – Living on death row looks like a better deal than dying as a lifer, convicted killer Billy Joe Johnson told a California jury yesterday. "You get out of your confined cell a little more," said Johnson, whose trial has moved to the penalty phase after he was found guilty of killing a fellow member of a white supremacist gang. Johnson, 46, is already serving a 45-year sentence for another killing. He told the jury he also killed two other people.