Charges upgraded in death of Stillwater corrections officer

A grand jury indicted Edward Johnson on first-degree murder charges

Sloane Martin
August 17, 2018 - 7:02 am

A grand jury has indicted a Stillwater prison inmate on first-degree murder charges in the beating death of a corrections officer.

Convicted murderer Edward Johnson, 42, was originally been charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Joseph Gomm July 18. Johnson is expected to make his first court appearance on the upgraded charges Friday morning. 

Washington County prosecutors, per state law, had to convene a grand jury in order to elevate the charges. A conviction for first-degree premeditated murder and first-degree murder of a corrections officer is a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Johnson was serving time for the 2002 stabbing death of his roommate, 22-year-old Brooke Thompson. He remains at the Oak Park Heights Corrections Facility.

According to the charges Gomm was bludgeoned with a hammer and stabbed.