A Marmaduke man sits in the Greene County Detention Center as the result of an alleged battery that sent another man by air to an area hospital.

Greene County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested Gage Aaron Johnston, 25, on charges of one count each of second-degree battery, a Class C felony and conduct constituting a conspiracy; and possession of a firearm by certain persons (i.e. a convicted felon), a Class D felony.

According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Capt. Tony Williams of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division, the arrest followed a March 14 incident in which deputies were summoned to the incident scene in reference to a man that had been beaten badly and was airlifted to an area hospital.

Investigators soon discovered that there had been a bonfire at the incident location and it was attended by several White Aryan Resistance members, including Johnston who was reportedly staying at the location and had also reportedly promoted the bonfire.

After investigators sought and received permission to search Johnston’s cell phone they discovered that he was aware of, and was initially going to participate in, the beating of the victim. Johnston reportedly was told to step down by another member, however, due to the other member wanting to see what the newest member attending the bonfire was made of.

In addition, the investigators discovered in the phone a video of Johnston shooting what appears to be an AK-47 Rifle. There was also a handgun located in a small gray safe that was sitting beside the bed in the bedroom according to the affidavit.

Gage Johnston is being held in the Greene County Detention Center on a $15,000 cash-only bond.

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