Arvid Harry Johnson confessed to killing his wife of over 50 years by beating her to death and scrawled on a paper towel, “I didn’t mean to injure my wife. I cherish my wife. On the message, which authorities discovered in the couple’s St. Paul home, he also sketched the outline of a heart.
Johnson echoed those remarks in court on Monday before receiving a sentence of almost 11 years in jail for the slaying on January 22. “I love her and I miss her,” he said. I don’t know what occurred, he continued. Please pardon me.
In August, Johnson, 65, admitted guilt to second-degree unintentional homicide in connection with the death of Linda Johnson, 66. Ramsey County prosecutors agreed to pursue no more than 150 months in jail in return for the plea.
Johnson’s public attorney sought a dispositional or downward variance from the state sentencing guidelines, but Ramsey County District Judge Adam Yang on Monday rejected the motion and sentenced Johnson to 130 months in prison.
According to Yang, a presentence investigation and letters from family members given to the court show that Johnson has a history of abusing his wife physically and verbally. Johnson, he said, has never had a criminal record.
Yang told Johnson, who occasionally broke down in tears during the hearing, “You have an anger issue.” And it received no attention.
Around 3:30 a.m. on January 23, Johnson’s daughter contacted police to the house in the 1400 block of N. Dale St. and said that her father had confessed to killing his wife. When the police came, they discovered him smoking a cigarette at the kitchen table.
In a bedroom, Linda Johnson’s body was discovered. She was covered with a blanket and had injuries to her head and face. In the bedroom, a little wooden bat with blood on it was discovered.
According to the complaint, Johnson told investigators that he was taking care of his wife and added, “It’s never good enough.”
After a fight the night before, he admitted to striking her with the bat and beating her.
Johnson told the police, “Something went off.” “I struck her. I was unable to stop.
He admitted to the authorities that his daughter and grandson reside in the home’s second floor. He said he was unable to explain what he had done since everyone was moving around the place.
He admitted to investigators that he attempted suicide but was unsuccessful.
He said that when his grandson arrived downstairs, he did not want him to discover his dead grandma. He instructed him to get his mother.
Johnson has already served 275 days in detention, which the judge has given him credit for.