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Defiance man found guilty of obstruction

A Defiance man was convicted of one charge and acquitted of another during a trial in Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court Judge Mark Repp’s courtroom Wednesday.

Joseph E. Johnson, 38, of Defiance, had been charged with aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, and obstruction, a second-degree misdemeanor.

The five-man, three-woman jury found Johnson guilty of obstruction and not guilty of aggravated menacing after about 40 minutes of deliberations.

Repp sentenced Johnson to 90 days in jail, with credit for 90 days served.

Officer Eric Aller of Tiffin Police Department had gone to 51 ½ S. Monroe St. to check the residence July 26. A woman was afraid Johnson was in the residence, Aller said.

Aller said Johnson had been terrorizing the woman and had put a knife to her throat. The woman was shaking and crying, he said.

“You could see the fear in her eyes. … She did not want to return home,” he said.

Officer Kyle Illig of Tiffin Police Department testified about seeing a man starting to jog away, and he yelled for the man to stop. Illig said the man started to run faster and jumped over a railing, and he started to chase after the man and ordered him to the ground.

The defense did not call any witnesses.

In his closing argument, Johnson’s attorney, Derek Daily, said the woman did not take the stand, and jurors didn’t get a chance to weigh her credibility.

“We didn’t hear from her,” he said.

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