Man faces 5 years for drunken assault

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VERMILION COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — A Hoopeston man could spend five years in prison after being convicted Tuesday of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon; a class 3 felony.

Gary Johnson will be sentenced in April for assaulting a neighbor in May 2018.

The state’s attorney said an upstairs neighbor had stopped by to borrow a cup of sugar and check on Johnson’s handicapped brother. Johnson was initially passed out drunk when the victim arrived. A short time later, he woke up, knocked the sugar out of the neighbor’s hand and, when she turned around to confront him, exposed his penis and threatened to sexually assault her.

When she turned away from him, Johnson slashed the victim’s ear and shoulder with scissors. When police arrived, they reported finding the victim bleeding and Johnson passed out drunk in the same chair with scissors tucked between his right leg and the arm of the chair.

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