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Lafayette Township woman sentenced in assault on fiance

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    Jamie Johnson, 26, appeared before Judge Christopher Collier in Medina Common Pleas Court Monday with her attorney, David Sheldon.

    HALEE HEIRONIMUS / GAZETTE

A Lafayette Township woman received a suspended sentence of six months in jail after pleading guilty to a lesser charge Monday for stabbing the father of her children in July.

Jamie Johnson, 26, was sentenced for simple assault, a first-degree misdemeanor, in Medina County Common Pleas Court. She initially was facing two counts of felonious assault, which were reduced to the misdemeanor as part of a plea deal.

Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center police called the Medina County Sheriff’s Office about 8:30 p.m. July 28 to report a 24-year-old Lafayette Township man with a knife wound. The man, identified as Johnson’s fiance, told hospital staff the wound was self-inflicted.

Johnson told Judge Christopher J. Collier on Monday that she and her fiance were arguing when she threw a butcher knife out of frustration. Johnson said she was not aiming at him, but the knife struck his lower, right abdomen.

Johnson’s fianc←, who was present in the courtroom Monday, told Collier the incident was an “unintentional accident.” He said he suffered an approximate one-inch wound and was transported by helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center.

Collier issued a no-contact order between Johnson and her fiance until Johnson can provide the court documentation she is receiving counseling.

Johnson, who was pregnant at the time of the incident, was arrested Aug. 30. She was released from jail Sept. 8 on her own recognizance, according to court documents.

Johnson gave birth to her son Nov. 14. She and her fiance also have a 4-year-old son.

Court records show Johnson was convicted of disorderly conduct in 2011 and one traffic citation in Medina Municipal Court.

Contact reporter Halee Heironimus at (330) 721-4012 or hheironimus@medina-gazette.com.

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