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Inmate who killed Stillwater corrections officer sentenced to life in prison

Edward Muhammad Johnson pleaded guilty to killing Joseph Gomm on Friday and was immediately sentenced.

An inmate charged with killing a corrections officer in 2018 has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty.

Edward Muhammad Johnson, 44, on Friday pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the killing of Joseph Gomm on July 18, 2018, court documents show. The other charges against him were dismissed. 

During the hearing, Johnson said he meant to kill Gomm when he hit him in the head with a hammer from the metal shop at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater, per the Star Tribune.

Washington District Court Judge Ellen Maas immediately sentenced Johnson to the mandatory life in prison without parole, court records state. He'll serve his sentence at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud.

Gomm's death was the first death of an on-duty Minnesota prison guard, which prompted a month-long lockdown at the prison and calls from corrections officers for additional security and staffing. 

When Johnson attacked Gomm, he was serving a 29-year sentence for second-degree murder in the 2002 stabbing of 23-year-old Brooke Thompson. He'll serve his two sentences consecutively, the Star Tribune notes. 

Johnson's parents were both Chicago police officers and when he was 12 – his dad killed his mom and then himself in front of Johnson. 

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