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Armed Robbery Defendant Sentenced To Maximum Prison Term

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.

District 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.”

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.  

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 two counts.   

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.

Douglas’ co-defendant currently sits in-custody awaiting an August trial on his mental competency.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Mark Urioste, assisted by District Attorney Investigator Denise UrtonTim Hughes of the Santa Rosa Police Department headed the investigation.

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