Former Harper professor sentenced for shooting truck drivers

8 days ago

Tipton news, Iowa news.

An ex-Harper professor was sentenced to 25 years behind bars after he admitted guilt of the last year's shootings that targeted truck drivers and a police officer.

Charles Johnston, 61, pleaded guilty to four counts of intimidation with a dangerous weapon and one count of assault on a peace officer in exchange of dropping an attempted murder charge and one count of operating while intoxicated.

Prosecutors allege that the psychology professor shot at truck drivers and exchanged fire with an officer before being arrested. He told authorities he targeted truck drivers because he was furious after witnessing a crash that killed an entire family.

Johnson was being held on a $1 million bond since his arrest.