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Carbondale man sentenced for kicking officer in the head

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - A Carbondale was found guilty and sentenced to three years for kicking a police officer in the head.

Johnson, 32, of Carbondale, was found guilty of aggravated battery to a Carbondale police officer and disorderly conduct for threatening to shoot a Carbondale business owner with a gun following a jury trial earlier this year. 

Following that trial, Johnson pleaded guilty to a separate offense of aggravated battery for kicking and striking an inmate while both were being held in the Jackson County Jail.

Evidence showed Johnson threatened to shoot a co-owner of Curbside on February 28, 2014, after a dispute started within the business.

Carbondale officers responded to Curbside, and Johnson was arrested. A Carbondale police officer was taking Johnson to the Carbondale Police Department for routine processing, but as the officer tried to have Johnson exit his squad car, Johnson became aggressive and struggled with the officer. 

The officer was able to subdue Johnson on the ground, but Johnson kicked the officer in the head before more officers arrived on scene to assist. 

The aggravated battery was captured on video surveillance at the Carbondale Police Department. The Carbondale Police Department was responsible for the investigation of this case.

The other aggravated battery case occurred when Johnson was being held at the Jackson County Jail awaiting trial. 

Johnson battered another inmate by kicking and striking him, causing great bodily harm. This was also captured on video surveillance from the Jackson County Jail. The Jackson County Sheriff's Department was responsible for the investigation of this case.

Johnson was sentenced to serve three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the charge of aggravated battery of a police officer, a Class 2 felony, and four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the charge of aggravated battery/great bodily arm, a Class 3 Felony. Both of these charges will run consecutively with the other along with a third Jackson County case of resisting a police officer, which caused injury to the officer, for which Johnson is currently serving a two year sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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