BISMARCK — A teen who pleaded guilty to playing a part in what was described as a riot at the Youth Correctional Center in Mandan was sentenced Wednesday to serve 3½ years in prison, with the judge allowing him credit for time served since the January 2018 incident.

Gavin Johnson in July pleaded guilty to seven felonies, including assault on a correctional officer, terrorizing and interfering with an emergency call, and two misdemeanors. He entered an Alford plea on the most serious charge of felony aggravated assault. An Alford plea means he does not admit guilt but acknowledges that the evidence in the case would likely convict him.

The 3 ½-year sentences on five felony counts will run at the same time. Johnson must also serve three years on probation upon his release.

Johnson is one of four teens charged in what was described as a riot at the center.

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