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UPDATE: Man Who Killed Father Sues Shawano County

UPDATED: Friday, May 10, 2013 -- 9:05 a.m.

SHAWANO, Wis. (AP) -- A man institutionalized for killing his father is suing the Shawano County Sheriff's Department, claiming deputies mishandled his call for help which resulted in the homicide.

Joshua Johnson was found not guilty by reason of mental illness in the death of his father, Donald, in February 2012. Johnson is confined to a state psychiatric facility.

His lawsuit says he called 911 to report his father had sexually assaulted him, but that deputies failed to meet with him outside the presence of his father. Johnson called 911 again to say he had killed his father.

WLUK-TV says Johnson's mother has filed a companion lawsuit, making the same claims. While Johnson's litigation does not seek specific damages, Johnson's mother, Lori Boris, seeks $250,000 in damages.

Corporation Counsel Tony Kordus says Shawano County has no liability.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, December 6, 2012 --- 5:41 p.m.

SHAWANO, Wis. (AP) -- A Shawano County man accused of killing his father has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease.

The defense for Joshua Johnson called two doctors to the stand Tuesday in Shawano County Circuit Court. They testified Johnson suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. They said Johnson told them he was hearing voices and getting messages from his television screen telling him to kill his father.

The court accepted Johnson's plea. A criminal complaint says Johnson shot, stabbed and beat his 53-year-old father, Donald Johnson, last February.

WAOW-TV reports prosecutors recommend he be institutionalized for life. The defense recommends he be institutionalized, treated and released. Another hearing will be held after social services reviews the case.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2012 --- 1:01 p.m.

SHAWANO, Wis. (AP) -- A Shawano County man accused of killing his father has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease.

The defense for Joshua Johnson called two doctors to the stand Tuesday in Shawano County Circuit Court. They testified Johnson suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. They said Johnson told them he was hearing voices and getting messages from his television screen telling him to kill his father.

The court accepted Johnson's plea. A criminal complaint says Johnson shot, stabbed and beat his 53-year-old father, Donald Johnson, last February.

WAOW-TV reports prosecutors recommend he be institutionalized for life. The defense recommends he be institutionalized, treated and released. Another hearing will be held after social services reviews the case.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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