The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

August 8, 2012

Judge suspends prison sentence

A Jasper County judge granted a 32-year-old man a suspended sentence in a Webb City stabbing case.

At a hearing this week in Jasper County Circuit Court, Circuit Judge David Dally assessed Douglas A. Johnston seven years in prison on a conviction for second-degree assault, but suspended execution of the sentence and placed him on supervised probation for five years.

Johnston stabbed Michael Tooley with a butcher knife on July 24, 2010, outside Johnston’s home in Webb City.

A probable-cause affidavit states that the two men had been drinking with a woman at another residence, and Johnston and the woman began arguing and fighting. Tooley testified at a preliminary hearing two years ago that he punched Johnston in the face several times during a car ride to the scene of the stabbing.

Tooley then got into a confrontation with the defendant and three others at the defendant’s home, and Johnston grabbed a knife and came after him, according to Tooley’s testimony.

The victim told the court that he was stabbed in the back as he turned to run.

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