Suspect involved in Rochester use-of-force incident sentenced to 18 months, $47K restitution in Olmsted, Dakota plea deal

(ABC 6 News) – A man involved in an Olmsted County officer-involved-shooting in December was sentenced to 18 months in prison and substantial restitution payments Thursday, Aug. 17.

Jesse James Johnson, 39, entered a “global” plea agreement in three cases — two from Olmsted County and one from Dakota County, MN.

Johnson pleaded guilty to 2nd-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, dating back to Dec. 2022, when Johnson was accused of ramming an Olmsted County deputy’s cruiser in a Rochester Planet Fitness parking lot to evade arrest.

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Johnson also pleaded guilty to 3rd-degree assault in a different 2022 case, where he was accused of attempting to shoot a man during an Olmsted County altercation, then hitting him in the face with a firearm.

According to his plea agreement, Johnson also agreed to pay $47,000 in restitution to the victims of a Dakota County burglary.

According to court records, Johnson was allegedly identified via surveillance video as one of the perpetrators in a series of thefts at the storage facility October 21, 2022.

According to Minnesota court records, Johnson was scheduled to begin his incarceration at the MN Correctional Facility in St. Cloud Thursday, Aug. 17.

(ABC 6 News) – A man who evaded investigators for weeks and eventually led authorities on a high-speed chase, pleaded guilty to an assault charge in Olmsted County Court Monday.

Court documents show 39-year-old Jesse Johnson pleaded guilty to felony third-degree assault-substantial bodily harm. As a result, a charge of second-degree assault was dropped.

In December, Johnson was shot at by an Olmsted County deputy at a Rochester Planet Fitness parking lot when he rammed the deputy’s cruiser in an attempt to get away.

Authorities attempted to arrest him on an active warrant.

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Johnson got away and evaded authorities until February when he was arrested in a stolen car following a high-speed chase in Worth County, Iowa.

Johnson still faces eluding law enforcement, 2nd-degree theft, driving without a license, and multiple speed and stop sign violations in Worth County for that incident.

Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced on July 19.

According to Iowa court records, Johnson still faces the following charges in Worth County, dating back to his arrest in early February:

  • Felony 2nd-degree theft; eluding–injury, operating while intoxicated, drugs, or participation in a felony: (pleaded not guilty April 10, 2023)
  • Citations for speeding in a 55 or under zone, fraudulent use of registration; failure to obey stop sign; driving without valid license; (appeared in Worth County Court May 12)