Johnson enters guilty plea for assault charge

Anthony Cloud Staff Writer

September 12, 2013

A Middlesboro man entered a guilty plea in Bell Circuit Court on Thursday to a 2010 assault charge.

Steven Christopher Johnson, 35, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Tara Pope gave a recommended sentence of five years in the penitentiary for the assault charge and 30 days in the Bell County Jail and a $500 fine for the operating under the influence charge.

Under the recommendation, Johnson would actually serve 90 days in jail for the assault charge. He would also be placed on supervised probation for five years.

Circuit Court Judge Robert V. Constanzo will issue Johnson’s final sentence on Oct. 7.

According to the plea agreement, Johnson wantonly caused serious physical injury to Pamela Schooler by striking her with a vehicle. He was operating the vehicle while under the influence.

In other police news, the Pineville Police Department arrested a woman on Monday for the alleged assault of a police/probation officer.

Joanie Miracle, 31, of Pineville, was arrested by officer Dan Tuttle and charged with third-degree assault, resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct and public intoxication with a controlled substance.

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