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Man pleads guilty to rape charges stemming from Bismarck party

Man pleads guilty to rape charges stemming from Bismarck party

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Malik Johnson

Malik Johnson

A man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that he raped a teenage girl at a Bismarck party where she and other underage girls were given alcohol and cocaine.

Malik Johnson, 24, whom court documents list as being from Bismarck and White Shield, entered the plea under the terms of an agreement with prosecutors that caps his prison sentence at five years. The agreement also stipulates that he spend five years on probation.

South Central District Judge Bruce Romanick accepted the deal. He ordered a presentence investigation that will include a risk assessment. The judge will hand down a sentence after the investigation, which he said could take several weeks.

The girl reported to police that Johnson picked her up and told her to tell others at the party that she was 18, according to an affidavit. She at times blacked out because she was intoxicated but told police she recalled having sex with Johnson. One of the other teens at the party told police the girl had sex with all four men at the party but Johnson was the first, according to the affidavit. Johnson denied the allegations to police.

Defense attorney Scott Rose said during the hearing that he and his client discussed the pros and cons and the evidence in the case before entering into the agreement. He declined further comment after the hearing.

A second man charged in the alleged incident pleaded guilty in March. Kendrick Brown will be sentenced July 28, court documents show.

Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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