Plea Agreement Reached In Attempted Murder Case

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Boyden man who faces charges including attempted murder after an incident in November in George has accepted a plea agreement.
Thirty-two-year-old Joshua Johnson of Boyden was to have stood trial on Tuesday, February 2nd, but a plea agreement was reached and has been filed.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says the incident happened on Saturday, November 7, 2015. They say three people were allegedly assaulted at a George home. One victim was taken to Sanford Hospital Rock Rapids and then transferred to Sanford Sioux Falls. The sheriff’s office says that victim received serious injuries to his head. The other two victims injuries were to their heads and bodies.

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015 the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department says their deputies, along with the Sioux County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at Johnson’s home at 612 Main Street in Boyden. Johnson was placed under arrest at that time on a charge of Wilfull injury, a class C felony.

Two days later, on Thursday the 12th, Johnson was also charged with Going armed with intent, a class D felony, and 2 counts of assault causing serious injury, both serious misdemeanors.

On Saturday, November 14th Johnson was also charged with one count of attempt to commit murder, a class B felony.

Late last month, Lyon County Attorney Shayne Mayer moved to dismiss an additional charge of assault with intent to inflict serious injury.

A plea taking hearing is scheduled for Monday, February 8th.

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