Man gets 13 years for rob­bery, gun of­fenses

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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.

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