Man gets 13 years for robbery, gun offenses
New Haven resident Thomas Johnson was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in Hartford to 13 years in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for robbery and firearms offenses, according to a news release from John H. Durham, U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut.
Court documents, witnesses, DNA evidence, ballistics evidence and footage from a surveillance video revealed that Johnson and Shaquille Richardson had attacked and robbed two victims after they exited a convenience store June 30, 2016, on Ferry Street in New Haven. Johnson shot one of the victims in the elbow, and Richardson struck the other in the face with a gun, the release said.
Officers apprehended Richardson near the scene of the robbery. He was bleeding from a gash to his hand where one of the victims had slashed him with a knife in self-defense. Johnson was arrested July 28, 2016, during a motor vehicle stop. At the time of his arrest, Johnson possessed the firearm he had used during the robbery.
Johnson pleaded guilty on April 4, 2018, to one count of Hobbs Act robbery, one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, and one count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
Richardson pleaded guilty to related charges on Jan. 31, 2018, and awaits sentencing.
Johnson and Richardson have been detained since their arrests.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Peter D. Markle and Jocelyn Courtney Kaoutzanis.