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Drunken gunplay results in month-long jail sentence

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.

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.

Justin Glawe
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