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Minot man charged again with felony domestic violence

Richard Anthony Johns Jr., 33, Minot, is charged in district court in Ward County with Class C felony domestic violence causing serious bodily injury, Class C felony criminal mischief, Class A misdemeanor disobedience of a judicial order and Class A misdemeanor providing false information to law enforcement on Sunday.

According to court documents, Johns is accused of strangling a woman and breaking a window on her car with a crowbar when locked herself in the vehicle and called 911.

He made an initial appearance on those charges on Tuesday before Judge Richard Hagar, who followed the prosecutor’s recommendation to set bond at $25,000 cash or corporate surety. Ward County Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher Nelson told the judge that Johns’ criminal record from California is 22 pages long, dates back to 2007 and includes charges such as burglaries and stalking, that Johns scored at high risk to reoffend as a domestic violence offender, and was convicted of a domestic violence offense in December. The state has filed to revoke his probation in that case. Nelson said Johns might easily have killed the purported victim in the latest incident when he strangled her.

Johns said he had nothing to say.

Judge Hagar also ordered Johns to have no contact with the alleged victim. A preliminary hearing in the case is set for June 30.

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