Meat cleaver attack on ex-boyfriend lands woman in prison

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Daytona Johnson, 26, was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday for aggravated assault. She pleaded guilty in a meat cleaver attack on her ex-boyfriend. The attack happened in September 2011. By Alicia Barron Daytona Johnson, 26, was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday for aggravated assault. She pleaded guilty in a meat cleaver attack on her ex-boyfriend. The attack happened in September 2011. By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX -- A woman who pleaded guilty in a meat cleaver attack on her ex-boyfriend was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday.

Daytona Johnson, 26, was arrested in September of 2011 after the victim ended up in the hospital with a cut just above his throat.

Police said the attack happened in front of Johnson's three children.

At the time, Johnson was living with the victim and another ex-boyfriend. She has children with both men.

Police said Johnson got into an argument with the victim, Chad Grubbs, while at their residence in the 2600 block of West Dove Valley Road. The argument turned physical when Johnson allegedly struck Grubbs in the face with a closed fist.

The other ex-boyfriend, identified only as Dominick, tried to intervene and Johnson also allegedly struck him in the face with a closed fist.

Investigators said Grubbs then tried to intervene and Johnson threw an aerosol bottle at him, causing a laceration above his right eye.

Johnson is then accused of pushing Dominick, who has a prosthetic leg, before leaving the home.

According to the police report, Johnson returned about five minutes later and threatened Grubbs first with a kitchen-style knife that she pulled from her rear waistband and later with a meat cleaver-style knife that she put to his throat.

Police said Johnson made a slicing motion with the knife, causing a 5- to 6-inch laceration over Grubbs' throat while saying, “I’m going to cut your head off.” She fled the home after the incident.

Dominick offered to drive Grubbs to the hospital and as they were getting into the car, along with Johnson’s three children, they saw Johnson near the residence with a hand injury.

She too was driven to the hospital by Dominick but tried to flee once they arrived. Police arrested her near 2700 W. Lone Cactus Road.

Grubbs suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Doctors used surgical glue to treat his wounds.

Johnson was facing several criminal counts including attempted second-degree murder, assault causing serious physical injury, reckless injury, intent to commit assault, vulnerable adult abuse and three counts of child abuse.