Plea deal for father of man in deputy stabbing


IRON MOUNTAIN — A Breitung Township man accepted a plea agreement this week on a felony marijuana charge stemming from a Jan. 29 incident in which his son is accused of stabbing a Dickinson County deputy sheriff.

Douglas Ronald Johnson, 48, pleaded no contest in Dickinson County Circuit Court to delivery or manufacture of marijuana, a four-year felony.

Pursuant to the agreement, Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa Richards will not bring forth any additional charges against Johnson and will not object to a delayed sentence as long as Johnson serves 30 days in jail before his sentencing hearing July 17.

Johnson is the father of 23-year-old Matthew David Johnson, who is charged with assault with intent to murder and multiple other offenses for reportedly stabbing a deputy in the midsection during a domestic dispute at the family’s home.

The deputy was wearing a Kevlar vest at the time and avoid serious injury, sheriff’s office officials said.

Deputies found a marijuana plant and about 44 grams of processed marijuana at the Johnson home, according to the criminal complaint.

The elder Johnson told deputies he obtained the drug on a weekly basis and provided it to his adult son, although neither of them have medical marijuana cards, the complaint stated.

Matthew Johnson on Thursday had a preliminary examination set for May 30 after he was deemed competant to stand trial, though results of criminal responsibility evaluation are still pending.

Nikki Younk can be reached at 906-774-2772, ext. 41, or