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Red Wing man gets nine months jail for police battery

A Red Wing man will spend nine months in jail after pleading guilty to police battery Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court.

Anthony E. Johnson, 23, was placed on three years probation with the jail term as a condition. He also pled guilty to misdemeanor battery and two counts of criminal damage to property stemming from the same incident April 18.

Johnson also pled guilty to police battery, misdemeanor battery and resisting an officer stemming from a separate incident last November.

Both incidents involved an intoxicated Johnson head-butting a Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy (November: Collin Gilles, April: Pete Koch).

"The use of a head is a dangerous weapon," Assistant District Attorney Greg Amann said. "It's amazing (Deputy Koch) didn't have any broken bones."

Said Johnson's attorney Melissa Petersen: "He realizes he needs to be punished and needs serious help with his drinking problem.

"When he is sober, he is not a violent person."

Petersen backed that up by adding Johnson's maintained steady employment and has his own apartment. Amann added Johnson had no prior criminal record as well.

Before handing down the sentence, Judge Joseph Boles conversed with Johnson.

"Both of these issues involve violence. Do you have an issue with anger?" Boles asked Johnson, to which he replied "No."

Boles then asked about drugs, to which Johnson responded with "alcohol is the only thing I do." Johnson also said he has had alcohol between November and April, but no jail time.

Other probation terms include: pay restitution (exact amount to be determined), no entrance to bars/taverns, maintain absolute sobriety, obtain his GED, pay court costs for each conviction and no drugs. Boles did grant Johnson work release privileges.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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