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Man sentenced to stayed prison, probation for assault

WILLMAR -- Phillip Lee Johnson, 25, of Willmar, was sentenced Thursday to 21 months in prison, which was stayed, a $1,500 fine and seven years of probation on a felony charge of second-degree assault for a June 8 assault on a woman who broke off a relationship with him.

As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, another felony, for making terroristic threats, and two gross misdemeanor charges were dismissed.

He was also ordered to serve 150 days in jail, complete a psychological evaluation, have no assaultive behavior, complete his GED, not possess or use dangerous weapons and have no contact with the woman until approved by probation or his therapist.

The charges were filed after Willmar police were called to a domestic incident around 5 p.m. June 8 in the area of the walking bridge over the BNSF railroad yard. The woman met the officer and said Johnson assaulted her after she told him she was seeing someone else.

She said Johnson got upset at the news, and started hitting himself in the head. He took out a knife and waved it at her and threatened her. She knocked the knife from his hand. Officers later recovered it from the rail yard below.

She said Johnson then grabbed her by the neck, pushed her against the railing of the bridge and slapped her on the cheek. Johnson denied hitting the woman.