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Joshua Johnson pleads guilty to killing father, but found to be insane

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SHAWANO, WI (WTAQ) - A Wittenberg man has struck a plea deal in which he’ll go to a mental health facility instead of prison for the brutal killing of his father.

Joshua Johnson pleaded guilty Tuesday to a homicide charge, and was found to be insane when he killed 53-year-old Donald Johnson in late February.

Prosecutors have recommended that the 21-year-old Johnson be institutionalized for the rest of his life – while the defense says he should have a chance for freedom after he’s treated.

A judge will consider the matter after Shawano County social service officials review the case.

The elder Johnson was shot, beaten, and stabbed repeatedly. Two doctors called by the defense said that the younger Johnson suffers from paranoid schizophrenia – and he was getting messages from his TV screen that told him to kill his father. 

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