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Man Who Attacked Random Citizens, Including Elder, Sentenced to Maximum Term in Prison

Santa Rosa, CA  –  April 14, 2021  –  Defendant Jack Lee Johnson, 38 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on Thursday, April 1, 2021 to the maximum term of five years in state prison after having pled “no contest” in March of this year to charges of randomly assaulting two Sonoma County residents, one of whom was an elder. 

District Attorney Ravitch stated, “This was a series of unprovoked attacks on citizens going about their daily activities. The defendant was thankfully apprehended before he could cause further damage or harm additional victims.”

On April 13, 2020 the seventy-three-year-old victim was sitting in his wheel chair in Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa when Johnson ran up to him and, without provocation, punched him in the head. The strength of the blow caused the victim to fall out of the chair and land head first on the pavement. The victim’s eye was significantly injured from the assault. He was treated at the scene and then taken to Memorial Hospital by ambulance for medical assistance.

On May 25, 2020 the second victim was out for a walk when Johnson approached him carrying a stick. For no reason, Johnson swung the stick at the victim, striking him in the arm. Johnson tried to strike the victim a second time, but the victim was able to fend off the blow with his metal water-bottle. The victim’s arm was bruised and the bottle dented from the assault. Johnson then proceeded to swing the stick at motorists in the roadway. He struck one car causing a dent. Following the assaults the defendant was arrested and booked into the jail.

Johnson pled guilty to one charge of felony elder abuse and one charge of felony assault with a deadly weapon. On April 1, 2021 the court sentenced him to the maximum term of five years in prison.

The case was investigated by the Santa Rosa Police Department and prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Marianna Green.


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