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Memphis Man Sentenced to 39 Years in Federal Prison
Sentenced for Robbery of Six Businesses in Memphis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 1, 2010

Memphis, TN - Melvin Johnson, 29 of Memphis, was sentenced late on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 to a term of 475 months (39 years and 7 months) imprisonment for six business robberies, the use of a firearm during those robberies, and for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm announced Lawrence J. Laurenzi, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. 

On September 25, 2008, a federal grand jury returned a thirteen-count superseding indictment, charging Johnson with six business robberies, six instances of using a firearm during a business robbery, and being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  Johnson entered a guilty plea in June 2009 to eight counts (six business robberies, two instances of using a firearm during a business robbery, and being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm).  The remaining counts, as a condition of the plea, were dismissed at sentencing.  Johnson’s crime spree began on September 27, 2006, when he robbed a Payless Shoe Source located at 1837 South Third Street.  Johnson was eventually apprehended on November 28, 2006, after five additional robberies.  On that date, officers with the Memphis Police Department apprehended Johnson after a foot chase, moments after Johnson and an accomplice robbed the Stop, Shop, and Save, formerly located at 1044 South Bellevue.

Johnson was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Samuel H. Mays, Jr. 

The investigation of this case was handled by Memphis Police Department Detective / Safe Streets Task Force Officer Walter Gunn.  Assistant United States Attorneys R. Matt Price and E. Greg Gilluly handled the prosecution of the case.

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