Kettering man sentenced in 2020 mallet attack on teen

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Kettering man convicted in a September 2020 attack on a 17- year-old girl with a mallet has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The judge sentenced Johnny Hansen to 10 years for the kidnapping charge and five years for felonious assault. Those sentences are to be served consecutively.

The victims mother, who wishes to remain unidentified, read her daughter’s statement aloud for friends, family and Hansen to hear during the sentencing. “On top of the medical issues I also struggle with my appearance. I have two large scars on my forehead, bald spots on my head, and a deformity of my right ear.”

The victims mother also revealed her daughter suffered 90 stitches and 11 lacerations following the assault. The high school senior also had plans to attend Xavier University. “Not only was I accepted to the University, I was also accepted directly into the program I applied for, and was granted a large sum in scholarship money. Unfortunately I had to turn it down because I’m too scared,” read the victims mother.

After the sentencing, Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck said:

“A citizen who heard the screams for help immediately responded and confronted the defendant, saving the victim’s life. The police quickly located the defendant and took him into custody. I want to commend the victim for her courage and resolve in assisting in the identification and prosecution of this defendant. This defendant deserves every single day of his prison sentence. This case is a great example of how ‘See Something, Say Something’ and actually getting involved worked to bring justice for the victim.”

Hansen, 34, initially pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in October 2020. According to court documents, he reversed and plead guilty Thursday, April 8, to charges of kidnapping felonious assault and tampering with evidence.

Court documents show prosecutors asked the judge to impose the maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. Prosecutors said, “The victim’s life will forever be altered by the actions of this defendant. Not only did the defendant cause immense physical pain to the victim, he caused psychological pain that she will live with for years to come. As a result of the defendant’s reprehensible conduct, the State respectfully requests that the Court impose upon the defendant a maximum sentence, within the agreed-upon sentencing range, of 15 years.”

The prosecution continued, “To do otherwise would demean the seriousness of the crimes, would not adequately punish the defendant for his conduct, and would fail to protect the public from future crimes by this defendant.”

Court documents also show the defense for Hansen asked for a lighter sentence. “This is the first time Mr. Hansen has ever committed a criminal act and imposing the minimum term does not demean the seriousness or the offense.” The defense continues, saying “Mr. Hansen knows that he committed a terrible crime. He is very remorseful for having done so, and pled guilty partly to spare the victim, and her family, the stress of a trial. He faces a minimum of 12 years in prison and will have to register as a Tier III Sex Offender every 90 days for the rest of his life.”

The defense wanted the court to impose eight years for the assault and kidnapping charges, with two years on each of the two tampering with evidence charges. As Hansen’s lawyers asked for the sentences to run concurrently, Hansen would spend 12 years in prison if the judge agrees.

But in court Thursday, the judge told Hansen he would get the maximum sentence.

This is a developing story and may be updated as more information becomes available.

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