New trial set for Iron River man
By NIKKI YOUNK
CRYSTAL FALLS – A new trial has been scheduled for an Iron River man whose recent trial on criminal sexual conduct charges ended in a hung jury.
Dennis Alan Johnson, 55, will go to trial from May 20 through 22 on two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct-first degree and two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct-second degree.
Following a four-day trial in December, a jury of seven men and six women could not come to a unanimous verdict on those four counts, resulting in a mistrial. However, the jury did acquit Johnson on two additional counts of criminal sexual conduct.
Altogether, the six counts alleged that Johnson had sexual contact with three underage girls between 2002 and 2010 in Iron River.
The girls are now 20, 13, and 11 years old.
Since Johnson was acquitted on the charges involving the 13-year-old girl, only two victims will testify at the new trial.
If convicted on the first degree charges, Johnson must spend between 25 years to life in prison. The second degree charges carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.
Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.