An East Orange NJ man was convicted of attacking his sister after she asked him to watch their mentally challenged brother for a week.
59-year-old Levi Johnson attacked Beatrice East in their deceased mother’s North Walnut Street home.
Ms. East is a Newark school teacher. According to prosecutors, she suffered multiple fractures to her face and three (3) broken ribs in the attack. In court, prosecutors said that Ms. East was unable to eat solid food for nearly a year.
A jury in Essex County Superior Court in Newark NJ deliberated for approximately one (1) hour before finding Mr. Johnson guilty of aggravated assault.
In New Jersey, aggravated assault is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b). The statute classifies an assault as second degree aggravated assault if the attacker attempts to cause “serious” bodily injury to a person. In this case, Mr. Johnson caused serious, life-threatening injuries to his sister. At sentencing, Mr. Johnson faces up to ten (10) years in New Jersey State Prison.
For more information, see the NJ.com article entitled “East Orange Man Convicted of Assault for Attack on His Sister.”