U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
August 17, 2011
SUPERSEDING INDICTMENT CHARGES PROVIDENCE MAN
WITH 2ND HOBBS ACT ROBBERY, FIREARM CHARGE
If convicted, Alphonso Johnson faces a minimum sentence of
25 years and up to life in federal prison
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Providence man previously indicted on charges of Hobbs Act robbery, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and the use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence in connection with an alleged armed robbery of a Providence restaurant owner in April 2011, was charged today in a Superseding Indictment in connection with the armed robbery of a store clerk two days earlier.
According to the Superseding Indictment announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, it is alleged that Alphonso D. Johnson, 37, robbed a Providence convenience store clerk at gunpoint of cash and merchandise on April 18, 2011, two days before allegedly robbing and assaulting a West End, Providence, restaurant owner at gunpoint of more than $4,300 in cash. Johnson is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The Indictment charges Johnson with two counts each of Hobbs Act robbery and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
If convicted, Johnson faces up to 20 years imprisonment followed by up to 3 years of supervised release on each count of Hobbs Act robbery; 10 years imprisonment and up to 3 years supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm; 7 years to life imprisonment on one count of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence – to be served consecutive to all other sentences imposed; and 25 years to life imprisonment on the second count of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence – to be served consecutive to all other sentences imposed.
An Indictment is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Johnson is currently imprisoned at the ACI serving an unrelated state sentence.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard W. Rose. The matter was investigated by Providence Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.