Inmate pleads guilty to 2018 murder of Stillwater corrections officer

Joseph Gomm, a veteran corrections officer, was attacked and killed by an inmate the state prison in Stillwater, Minnesota in 2018. (FOX 9)

The inmate accused of attacking and killing a Stillwater, Minnesota corrections officer in 2018 pleaded guilty to the murder Friday. 

Edward Johnson, 44, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the beating death of Corrections Officer Joseph Gomm in July 2018. According to prosecutors, Johnson attacked Gomm in the Stillwater prison industry building with a prison-issued hammer and two homemade knives. 

Edward Johnson corrections officer murder

Edward Johnson, 44, pleaded guilty Friday to the murder of a Stillwater corrections officer in 2018. (Minnesota Department of Corrections / FOX 9)

Johnson was sentenced to life in prison for Gomm’s murder. At the time of the attack, he was already serving a nearly 29-year sentence for the 2002 murder of 22-year-old Brooke Thompson.