Penitentiary inmate sentenced for prison stabbing

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WALLA WALLA -- A Washington State Penitentiary inmate in prison for a double murder was sentenced Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court to an additional two years and nine months for injuring a fellow inmate by stabbing him in September.

Daniel E. Johnson, 30, was ordered to serve the low end of the 33- to 43-month standard range he faced for third-degree assault.

Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht went along with a plea agreement that also reduced the charge from second-degree assault.

Schacht placed Johnson on a year of community custody, a form of probation, after his release.

He currently is serving a little more than 41 years for the beating deaths of his girlfriend and her infant son inside their Ferndale, Wash., apartment in 2009. Johnson pleaded guilty Feb. 27 to the prison assault. Officials said he used a makeshift weapon to stab inmate Virgil P. Morgan, 28, several times in the day room of a West Complex unit about 8 p.m. Sept. 26.

The attack reportedly took place after Morgan walked up to Johnson who was speaking on a phone, told him something and then walked away.

Morgan was hospitalized at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

Penitentiary staff members recovered the suspected weapon, a sharpened steel rod wrapped with a cloth handle.

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