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Woman sentenced for stabbing cousin in back
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A family feud that ended in violence will cost a woman 300 days at Warren County Jail.

Du’Ana Latish Johnson, 46, appeared in Circuit Court on Wednesday to plead guilty to stabbing her cousin, Christie Guerard, in the back three times with a knife. The assault took place July 28 on Oriole Drive around 3 a.m. 

“Although the wounds weren’t life-threatening, Guerard had to be sent to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville,” says McMinnville detective Eddie Colwell.

Upon further investigation, the weapon was recovered in an air duct system in a nearby house where Johnson was located. Detective Todd Rowland described the weapon as a single blade locking knife. 

“The two women had been in a verbal altercation earlier in the day,” says Colwell. “They saw each other later at Partridge Meadows Apartments where another verbal altercation began. Johnson pulled a knife, stabbed her cousin and then left the scene.”

Johnson will serve 300 days of an eight-year sentence for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and delivery of methamphetamine in an amount of half a gram or more.

An indictment was served in September 2019 for two separate charges of delivering methamphetamine in an amount of half a gram or more. The charges occurred in September and October 2018. One of the counts was dismissed in the plea deal.   

Both the aggravated assault and methamphetamine charges carry a sentence of 300 days in jail but will run concurrently, or at the same time, as each other. The remaining time will be served on probation.