Kwik Trip gunman gets 90 days in jail, probation
Lemuel A. Johnson, 55, Bay City, will spend 90 days in jail after brandishing a gun at a couple inside their car at the River Falls Kwik Trip last August.
He was sentenced to three years' probation during a hearing Feb. 1 in Pierce County Circuit Court. Johnson pled guilty to the brandishing charge along with a felon being in possession of a firearm charge. The jail term is a probation condition.
"This was not an everyday occurrence in Pierce County," said Judge Robert Wing, who ordered the sentencing. "Brandishing a gun in a public place isn't acceptable."
Wing also had strong words for the gun that was used, a .25 caliber.
"That gun isn't used for target practice or hunting, it's used for killing people," he said.
Officers were notified of the incident on Aug. 2 after a 911 call was placed after Johnson left Kwik Trip. He was eventually pulled over by Pierce County Sheriff's deputies on 1000th St. in a "high-risk traffic stop." Johnson tossed the gun during the chase, which law enforcement found five days later.
Lemuel pointed the handgun at a 21-year-old woman, who is the mother of Johnson's granddaughter and at her 20-year-old boyfriend. The woman and Johnson's son at the time were separated.