Wisconsin man sentenced to life in mental institution

Published On: Dec 07 2012 06:55:14 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 07 2012 06:54:00 AM CST
SHAWANO, Wis. (AP) -

A 21-year-old Shawano County man accused of killing his father has been sentenced to life in a mental institution.

A Shawano County judge sentenced Joshua Johnson on Thursday.

In October, the court accepted Johnson's plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease. A criminal complaint says Johnson shot, stabbed and beat his 53-year-old father, Donald Johnson, last February.

Doctors called by the defense had testified that Johnson suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

The district attorney says Johnson's placement at a mental health facility is still being worked out.

WAOW-TV reports as part of his sentence Johnson has the right to petition for a review every six months.