- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Billings man with a long history of violence against women has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for attacks on two women in 2014.

Todd Michael Johnson, 31, was charged with beating and hospitalizing four women in five attacks over a six-month period in 2014. He was convicted in two cases and prosecutors dismissed the other three while allowing the other victims to testify at Johnson’s sentencing.

District Judge Gregory Todd sentenced Johnson Tuesday for aggravated assault and partner or family member assault after Johnson’s defense attorney argued that 40 years was a long time for someone who had not killed anyone, The Billings Gazette (bit.ly/2j7QTPw) reported.

A woman Johnson was convicted of assaulting in August 2014 suffered a broken nose, broken ribs, a cracked jaw and a collapsed lung and had a boot print-shaped bruise on her face, court records said. She had been left on the ground outside a Billings emergency room.

Another woman reported Johnson pistol-whipped her and told her, “If I didn’t love you, you would be dead.”

One woman reported Johnson locked her in a basement for four days and beat her with his fists, feet and a 10-pound dumbbell in April 2014. Police Officer David Firebaugh testified Tuesday that the woman was covered in bruises, including one that matched the hexagon shape of the dumbbell. That same woman reported Johnson assaulted her again in August 2014. The second attack ended when she stabbed him in the shoulder. He was arrested a few days later.

Johnson was convicted of two misdemeanor domestic assaults in 2006 and was given a three-year deferred sentence for felony partner or family member assault in 2007, court records said. He was charged with assaulting his mother and a girlfriend in 2011, but the victims refused to cooperate and no charges were filed.

His mother wrote a letter to the court describing the violence Johnson had faced growing up and asked the judge to be merciful, the newspaper reported.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com


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