Shawano Co. man sentenced to life in mental institution

Man accused of killing his father

Published On: Dec 06 2012 09:32:39 PM CST
SHAWANO, Wis. -

A 21-year-old Shawano County man accused of killing his father has been sentenced to life in a mental institution.

A Shawano County judge sentenced Joshua Johnson on Thursday.

In October, the court accepted Johnson's plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease. A criminal complaint said Johnson shot, stabbed and beat his 53-year-old father, Donald Johnson, last February.

Doctors called by the defense had testified that Johnson suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

The district attorney said Johnson's placement at a mental health facility is still being worked out.

WAOW-TV reported as part of his sentence Johnson has the right to petition for a review every six months.