Utah County teen stabbed by brother for assaulting sister, officials say

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UTAH COUNTY, Utah, Sept. 5, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — An 18-year-old Eagle Mountain man is in critical but stable condition after being stabbed multiple times Tuesday afternoon by his 16-year-old brother, who was trying to get the older male to stop assaulting their 14-year-old sister, according to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

A news release from Sgt. Spencer Cannon, Utah County Sheriff’s Office, states that Steven Johnston, 18, was arguing with his sister when he began physically assaulting her. Their 16-year-old brother intervened and stabbed Johnston five times, wounding him in the arms, chest and upper back.

Johnston was flown by medical helicopter to the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. His injuries are not life-threatening, according to the UCSO statement.

The younger brother was arrested and booked into Slate Canyon Youth Detention in Provo on one count of aggravated assault, a second-degree felony.

The statement said Johnston will be charged with one count of child abuse for the assault against his sister. That charge is a class A misdemeanor.


  1. This story leaves too many unanswered questions. Why was the younger brother arrested if he was defending his sister from an attack? How serious were her injuries? Etc. These types of articles infuriate me. News reporters are non-existent. The days of actually talking to police, witnesses and victims are long forgotten. Now they rarely leave a desk. The info they get is usually from a police report. How sad.


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