Santa Rosa, CA – May 26, 2016 – District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Johnny Tasker Douglas, 35 years-old of Oakland, CA, who was found guilty last month by a jury on two counts of robbery and two counts of assault with a firearm, has agreed to serve the maximum possible prison term on those charges in exchange for a dismissal on the two counts on which the jury hung.
When Douglas returns to court on July 8th he will be sentenced to eleven years in state prison, which Includes time for a firearm enhancement and for previously serving time in prison. Because the charges are deemed “violent felonies” under the law, he will be required to serve a minimum of 85 percent of that sentence before being released. Douglas will also serve an additional eight months for a felony theft charge which resulted from an ATM card scam at the Graton Casino that predated the robbery convictions.
District Attorney Ravitch stated, “We respect the jury's verdicts, including the mixed verdicts in favor of conviction. We feel this sentence is in the best interests of the victims and the community, and that for this defendant, justice is served.”
The charges resulted from the July 10, 2014 robbery of the Bennett Valley Jewelers. The defendant and a second robber walked into the store armed with a firearm, and proceeded to smash the display cases and grab several Rolex watches. The robbery was interrupted when the store owner confronted the two robbers with his own firearm. The owner was able to disarm the robbers and prevent one of them from escaping beyond the parking lot.
At trial, the jury convicted Douglas on two counts of robbery and two counts of assault with a firearm. The jury was unable to agree on whether he was guilty as an aider and abettor of attempted murder and kidnapping, both acts having been perpetrated by his accomplice. The split resulted in the court declaring a mistrial as to those two counts.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Mark Urioste, assisted by District Attorney Investigator Denise Urton. Tim Hughes of the Santa Rosa Police Department headed the investigation.