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Man gets 13 years for string of armed robberies

 

Greenbelt, MD – U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel sentenced Kodi Lamont Johnson, age 36, of Landover, Maryland, to 162 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for two armed robberies, an armed bank robbery, using and brandishing a gun in relation to a crime of violence, and possession of stolen firearms.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Chief Henry P. Stawinski III of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

According to his plea agreement and information presented at today’s sentencing hearing, sometime after 11:15 a.m. on November 3, 2017, Johnson broke into a residence in Accokeek, Maryland, and stole a 45-caliber revolver, two 20-gauge shotguns, and a black baseball hat.  He then set the house on fire before fleeing in the homeowner’s red pick-up truck.  Between approximately 2:19 p.m. and 2:36 p.m. Johnson robbed, at gunpoint, a market, a tavern and a credit union, all in Accokeek, Maryland.  In each instance, Johnson left the scene in the pick-up truck he’d stolen earlier in the day. 

Specifically, Johnson displayed a handgun and demanded money and cigarettes from two victims at the market, stealing $500 from the store register and 15 packs of cigarettes.  At 2:22 p.m., Johnson robbed the tavern, displaying a gun and demanding money from the seven victims in the tavern and from the cash register.  The victims relinquished $80 in cash and Johnson stole approximately $200 from the cash register.  At 2:36 p.m. Johnson robbed a credit union, displaying a handgun and demanding money from a customer and a teller.  The customer relinquished approximately $2,800 and Johnson stole another $2,970 from the teller.

Later that afternoon, Johnson was arrested in the parking lot of a convenience store.  At the time of the arrest, Johnson was in possession of $5,317 in a cash bag marked with the name of the credit union and the stolen 45-caliber revolver.  A later search of the stolen pick-up truck recovered a number of items stolen from the Accokeek residence, including two 20-gauge shotgun and the black baseball hat.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.

United States Attorney Robert K. Hur commended the FBI and the Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Hur thanked Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth S. Boison and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristi N. O’Malley, who prosecuted the case.

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