Santa Rosa, CA – July 12, 2016 – District
Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Johnny Tasker Douglas, 35
years-old of Oakland, CA, who was found guilty by a jury in May on two counts
of robbery and two counts of assault with a firearm, as well as a gun
enhancement and an enhancement for serving prior prison terms, was sentenced
Friday to 11 years, 8 months in state prison. The court imposed an 11
year sentence for the defendant’s role in the robbery, and eight months for a
separate theft case involving an ATM card scam at the Graton Casino that
predated the jewelry store robbery.
Attorney Ravitch stated, “This brazen attack was met with the arrest of the
perpetrators and a lengthy prison sentence for the defendant. We will now
turn our attention to Mr. Douglas’ accomplice.”
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.
At trial, the
jury convicted Douglas of two counts of robbery and two counts of assault with
a firearm. The jury was unable to agree on whether he was guilty of
attempted murder and kidnapping, and the court declared a mistrial as to those
imposed an 11 year sentence for the defendant’s role in the robbery and eight
months for a separate theft case involving an ATM card scam at the Graton Casino
that predated the jewelry store robbery.
co-defendant currently sits in-custody awaiting an August trial on his mental
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.