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Cuffed escapee warned, given break at sentence

A few months after a panicked escape attempt in an Allen County courtroom ended with minor injuries to a passer-by and damage to the building, Daniel P. Johnson was back in court for sentencing Friday.

Johnson, 23, pleaded guilty last month to resisting law enforcement causing injury.

In July, he was before Allen Superior Judge Wendy Davis to be sentenced for a firearms charge. When she ordered him taken into custody, Johnson fought with a bailiff and tried to escape the room while handcuffed.

A Courthouse visitor who heard the commotion helped prevent Johnson from escaping, suffering a small cut to his hand in the process.

Johnson’s attorney said his client apologized to the officer as he was led from the room that day and has been remorseful for his actions, which he still struggles to understand.

Johnson struggled to contain his emotion as his mother and grandparents spoke on his behalf.

“It was a spur-of-the-moment mistake,” he said. “The way I’ve represented myself is not consistent with who I am and with who I plan to be in my life.”

Allen Superior Judge Fran Gull sentenced Johnson to six months in jail and ordered him to spend two years on probation. The sentence must be served after he serves the remainder of his sentence on the firearms charge.

Johnson must also pay $2,538 in restitution.

“I’m going to take a chance,” Gull said. “Grow up. Knock this off. Lead a good life.”