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Drunken gunplay results in month-long jail sentence
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man who drunkenly fired a pistol into the air in late March was sentenced this week to 30 days in the Beltrami County Jail.

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William Joseph Johnson, 23, has credit for two days served. If he successfully completes a period of four-years probation, his felony charge of reckless discharge of a firearm will be dismissed. Johnson must also pay a $1,000 fine, according to court documents.

Bemidji police were called at 3 a.m. March 28 to Ridgeway Apartments, 2938 Ridgeway Ave. NW, on reports of shots fired. There, they found several spent 9mm shell casings outside an apartment building, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office.

Inside the apartment where Johnson lived, police found a 9mm handgun under a pile of clothes. The weapon was in a closet that was located in a toddler’s bedroom. Police also found a loaded magazine and three boxes of ammunition in the apartment.

After being taken into custody, Johnson admitted he was drinking and became upset, eventually firing “9-10 times in the air,” the complaint stated.

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Justin Glawe
Reporting on crime, courts and Beltrami county government. Follow me on Twitter @JustinGlawe.
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