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Youngstown man sentenced for separate attacks on two women

Youngstown man going to prison for brutal beating of woman

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A man who was found guilty of vicious attacks on two women was back in Mahoning county court Thursday to face sentencing.  

In February, a jury found Michael Johnson of Youngstown guilty of attempted murder for a severe attack on a woman in her home. Prosecutors say the victim was beaten, burned, stabbed and left to die. 

"I've been doing this for twenty five years and I have never seen a beating that bad where the victim survived," said Assistant Prosecutor Rob Andrews.

That victim, Beth Stuckey addressed the court, and removed her hat to show scars, the lasting results of her injuries. 

 "I still to this day cannot go out without it and they say it will be a lot of surgeries to it back to normal. I believe he'll do it again once he gets released, Stuckey told the judge.

Johnson was also being sentenced for beating and stabbing a second woman, just three days after attacking the first victim. He accepted a no contest plea and there was no trial. 

The victim of Johnson's second attack also made a statement in court,  but surprisingly stood up for Johnson.  "I've known Michael Johnson for five years, he's a very kind, loving person. I love Michael Johnson," said Sonya Curd.  

Judge Lou D'Aplolito showed Curd photographs of her injuries which would have been presented at trial and asked her if they accurately represented the injuries she suffered at the hands of Johnson.  Curd said yes. 

Judge D'Apolito said Johnson was deserving of the maximum sentence of 11 years for attempted murder and 5 years for felonious assault to be served consecutively. 

Andrews called it an appropriate sentence. "The worst form of the offense should get the maximum sentence and I believe that definitely was called for in this case," the prosecutor said. 

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