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Red Lake Man Sentenced To 37 Months In Prison For Violent Stabbing

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota


Acting United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker announced the sentencing HAROLD JAMES JOHNSON, JR., 24, an enrolled member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, to 37 months in federal prison for a violent assault committed on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. JOHNSON, who pleaded guilty on December 22, 2016, was sentenced on May 10, 2017, before Senior Judge Michael J. Davis in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minn.


According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, on July 10, 2016, JOHNSON assaulted a male victim at a private residence within the exterior boundaries of the Red Lake Indian Reservation. JOHNSON used a knife to stab the victim several times in the face and torso. As a result of the attack, the victim suffered nearly fatal stab wounds and internal bleeding as well as surgery and extended hospitalization.


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This case resulted from an investigation conducted by the Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force.


The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clifford B. Wardlaw.



Defendant Information:



Red Lake, Minn.



  • Assault resulting in serious bodily injury, 1 count



  • 37 months in prison

  • Three years of supervised release






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Updated May 11, 2017