Wed. 8 pm: Woman gets 4-1/2 years in hospital attack

WARREN – A Youngstown woman was sentenced Wednesday to four-and-a-half years in prison after being convicted of a host of felony charges connected to an Aug. 28, 2015, attack on a nurse at St. Joseph Warren Hospital.

Danielle M. Johnson, 36, 1764 Market St., pleaded guilty to two counts of felonious assault, two counts of kidnapping and one count of escape. Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Wyatt McKay merged the assault and kidnapping charges and made the four-year sentence consecutive with the six-month term given on the escape charge.

Johnson was in tears and seemed remorseful for her actions. McKay said her actions caused “unintended consequences.”

Authorities accused Johnson, who was an inmate at the Trumbull County Jail at the time, of stabbing a nurse in the neck with a  hypodermic needle as she attempted to draw blood from Johnson. According to a police report, while the deputy was out of the room and Johnson did not have handcuffs on, she attacked the nurse.

Read more in Thursday’s Tribune Chronicle.