Myrtle Beach man sentenced to three years in June stabbing incident

troot@thesunnews.comNovember 20, 2012 

— A 48-year-old man was ordered to serve three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to an assault charge that stemmed from a June stabbing in Myrtle Beach, according to authorities.

Ralph Phillip Johnson, 48, of Myrtle Beach was originally charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, but he pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and battery, according to court records.

Circuit Court Judge Edward Cottingham sentenced Johnson to three years in prison and gave him credit for the 136 days he has served since being arrested June 24, according to court records. Johnson also was ordered to pay court costs.

The charge stemmed from about 1 a.m. June 23 when a 40-year-old man was stabbed several times outside the Jet Age Cafe at 1401 Mr. Joe White Ave., Myrtle Beach police said.

The victim was treated at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for his injuries.

The victim told police Johnson had fought with another patron at the business earlier in the evening, according to the report. Johnson lost the fight, and became embarrassed after the victim and others started laughing at him.

Later, Johnson returned to the establishment and started arguing with the victim, eventually punching him in the face. During the fight, the victim was stabbed several times in the abdomen and left arm, according to the report. However, he grabbed a pool cue stick and chased Johnson outside.

Johnson reportedly jumped on the trunk of a getaway car, which headed east on Mr. Joe White Avenue toward Oak Street. Officers responding to another call at that intersection stopped the vehicle, with the man still on the trunk. Johnson was taken into custody.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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