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Man sentenced to decades in mental health facility stabbings

January 15, 2019

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 30 to 60 years in the stabbings of five people at a mental health facility near Pittsburgh.

Forty-year-old Dustin Johnson pleaded guilty but mentally ill in October to five counts each of attempted homicide and aggravated assault. He also pleaded guilty to arson and risking a catastrophe in the November 2016 rampage.

The Tribune-Review reports that an Allegheny County judge imposed the sentence Tuesday on Johnson, who had once been a resident at the Turtle Creek Valley Mental Health/Mental Retardation in Homestead, just southeast of Pittsburgh.

Witnesses told police he was armed with two knives and an air gun that looked like a real firearm. He attacked staff and residents before police shot him several times.

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