Hammer-wielding assailant gets 11.5-23 months in jail…


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MEDIA COURTHOUSE — A Morton man who beat a vape store worker with a hammer in 2019 was sentenced to 11½ to 23 months on the county jail in Harmony Tuesday after pleading to aggravated assault and felony mischief prices.

David Anthony-Jones Johnson, 38, of the primary block of South Morton Avenue, was additionally sentenced to 4 years of concurrent probation, one 12 months of consecutive probation, and ordered to pay virtually $159,000 in whole restitution beneath a negotiated plea deal labored out by Assistant District Legal professional Sean McNabb and protection counsel Richard Daubenberger.

Johnson was arrested Aug. 31, 2019, after admitting to the assault, in keeping with an affidavit of possible trigger written by Springfield Police Detective Bridget McCarthy.

Police have been referred to as to The Vape Store at 430 Baltimore Pike at about 10:33 a.m. that day for a report of an assault that had simply occurred, in keeping with the affidavit. A witness reported seeing the assailant fleeing the scene in a Nissan Altima and supplied a license plate quantity, which police have been capable of observe to Johnson’s tackle, the affidavit says.

Sergeant Jeffrey Shull went to The Vape Store and located the injured worker hiding within the rear of the shop, in keeping with the affidavit. The sufferer was affected by a number of open cuts on his face and arms, a gash to the again of his head and a bruised and swollen eye, the affidavit says.

The sufferer instructed Shull that Johnson had come into the shop demanding cash owed to him by one other worker. After some dialogue, Johnson went out to his automobile, grabbed a hammer, and re-entered the shop with the hammer wrapped in a white towel, in keeping with the affidavit.

Johnson then proceeded to beat the worker within the face, head and physique with the hammer, following him exterior after which again into the shop the place he assaulted the sufferer once more, the affidavit says. The incident was captured on the shop’s surveillance gear.

Officers responded to Johnson’s tackle, the place they discovered him sitting within the automobile described by the witness, in keeping with the affidavit. Additionally discovered within the automobile was a hammer and white material towel, each with seen blood stains, in keeping with the affidavit.

Johnson acknowledged moving into an altercation with an worker over cash owed to him by the sufferer and one other worker, the affidavit says. He supplied a press release allegedly indicating he misplaced his mood in the course of the dispute and struck the worker a number of occasions.

A number of items of merchandise have been broken or destroyed within the melee, accounting for $4,490 of the restitution. The remaining $154,340 was ordered paid to the person sufferer. McNabb and Daubenberger agreed that the ultimate restitution determine could be much less any quantities paid by insurance coverage.

Johnson apologized to the court docket Tuesday for lacking prior court docket dates, saying it was uncharacteristically disrespectful, and that he used poor judgment and may have turned himself in. He additionally apologized to the sufferer.

“This occurrence was something that he did not deserve,” stated Johnson. “It was poor judgment on my part, an anomalous event and completely uncharacteristic of myself and the person who I am.”

Johnson requested that Court docket of Widespread Pleas Decide John Capuzzi enable him the chance to take anger administration courses, and attend particular person and group remedy classes to forestall any comparable future occasions.

Daubenberger additionally supplied the choose with a report on his shopper indicating he suffers from Put up-Traumatic Stress Dysfunction associated to a few fight excursions he did in Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan over 10 years with the U.S. Marines earlier than he was honorably discharged.

Capuzzi stated he was astounded after studying the report, as a result of he stated it illustrates the assault is so uncharacteristic of Johnson. The choose famous Johnson holds a number of Grasp’s levels, sits on the Institutional Evaluation Board for the Hospital of the College of Pennsylvania and teaches English as a second language.

He suggested Johnson to start counseling with the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Workplace by means of video if doable and provided to assist him obtain any remedy he would possibly want if he hits a brick wall of purple tape.

“I will make phone calls for you,” Capuzzi stated. “I will do whatever I can to cut the red tape.”

Capuzzi added that about 60% to 70% of the circumstances that come earlier than him contain some type of psychological well being points, drug habit, or a mixture of each.

“This court is very understanding about that and we’re very proactive about getting people treatment,” he stated. “So you should never feel that you can’t come and talk to people about it, and once we can convince the politicians that this is a real-life problem, we’ll be a lot better off.”

Johnson was not given credit score for time served and isn’t eligible for early or work launch. He should present a DNA pattern to state police and don’t have any contact with the sufferer or the Vape Store, and should adjust to the suggestions of a psychological analysis.


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