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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.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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