RAHWAY — A verbal confrontation that turned physical outside a city bar nearly a year ago has resulted in a guilty verdict recently being returned by a Union County grand jury.

Michael Johnston, 45, of Winfield Park was convicted last week on charges of second-degree aggravated assault, third-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, and fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, according to a release Thursday from the Union County Prosecutor's Office.

Johnston is now facing a sentence of up to 10 years in state prison.

94.3 The Point logo
Get our free mobile app

In the early morning hours of Aug. 30, 2021, prosecutors said, a Rahway police officer was approached near a CVS on St. Georges Avenue by a 25-year-old man bleeding from the neck.

The man was stabilized and treated at University Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to prosecutors, while Johnston was quickly identified as the suspect in the assault and arrested at his home.

According to details of the investigation disclosed at trial, Johnston escalated a verbal confrontation outside Butch Kowal's Tavern in Rahway by pulling a knife on the victim, causing throat and wrist lacerations.

Johnston was identified as the assailant through video surveillance, evidence from the scene, and witness testimony, the prosecutor's office said.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 30.

Patrick Lavery is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at patrick.lavery@townsquaremedia.com

Click here to contact an editor about feedback or a correction for this story.

What would happen to NJ if we were attacked by nuclear weapons?

We used NUKEMAP by Alex Wellerstein to see what would happen if a nuclear warhead hit New York, Philadelphia, Washington or New Jersey.

The models show what would happen in aerial detonation, meaning the bomb would be set off in the sky, causing considerable damage to structures and people below; or what would happen in a ground detonation, which would have the alarming result of nuclear fallout. The models do not take into account the number of casualties that would result from fallout.

LOOK: These Are the 50 biggest retailers in America

Stacker compiled a list of the 50 biggest retailers in the country, using retail sales data from Kantar, provided by the National Retail Federation.

Here's where NJ legal weed is sold

The number of recreational cannabis dispensaries continues to grow, with close to two dozen state approvals given since the first adult recreational sales in the state back in April. Here is where the open sites are located.

More From 94.3 The Point