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Whiskey bottle attacker in custody

Alex Green • Feb 25, 2014 at 6:12 PM

A Port Clinton man is now facing an attempted murder charge for allegedly smashing a whiskey bottle against a man’s head.  


Jeremiah Johnson, 25, of the 900 block of Virginia St., was originally charged with felonious assault, but Ottawa County prosecutor Mark Mulligan’s office decided to drop the charge and instead hit him with an attempted murder charge. 


Port Clinton police Detective Corbin Carpenter said Thursday is the earliest the county grand jury could indict Johnson. 


The victim — Adam Mitchell, 28, of Port Clinton — ended up in an intensive care unit, breathing only with help from a ventilator for two days.   


Carpenter said Mitchell has returned home from the hospital, but the long-term problems from his injuries remain unclear. “He cannot be left unattended,” Carpenter said recently. “He’s slow-moving; he has memory loss.”


Mitchell has two large lacerations on his skull and suffered bleeding in his brain. He also suffered a burn on his arm after falling on a heater when Johnson hit him with the bottle, police said. 


On the day of the assault, officers were called to Mitchell’s West Fourth Street home, where they found him lying on the floor covered in blood, as a person held his wounded head in a towel.


Johnson was convicted of two previous assault-related charges in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court — in 2007 for felonious assault and in 2008 for attempted felonious assault.


He had remained at large for about two weeks before turning himself over to police Feb. 12.

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