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Aurora Felon Sentenced to More Than 19.5 Years in Prison for Weapons Violations

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Colorado

DENVER – The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announces Robert Vandori Johnson, age 40, of Aurora, was sentenced to more than 19.5 years in federal prison after a jury convicted him of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to facts presented at trial, on February 1, 2022, Denver police officers were searching for Daevon House due to an outstanding arrest warrant. After locating him, they observed House and Johnson drive to an apartment complex in Denver, Colorado. Both went into an apartment and came back out a short time later. As House and Johnson got back into the car, officers stopped the car and attempted to arrest House. When officers approached, House ran. He was carrying a firearm which he dropped as he fled before being taken into custody. House had previously been convicted of a felony, making it illegal for him to possess a firearm or ammunition. Johnson was contacted and escorted from the driver seat of his car vehicle. As he exited the vehicle, a semiautomatic pistol dropped from his waistband. Johnson had previously been convicted of a felony offense making it unlawful for him to possess a firearm or ammunition.

The jury returned its guilty verdict on November 16, 2022. Judge Philip A. Brimmer presided over Johnson's two day trial. On February 17, 2023, Judge Raymond P. Moore sentenced Johnson to 235 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

Co-defendant Daevon House, age 30, of Denver, previously pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition. Judge Raymond P. Moore sentenced House to 91 months in prison on August 9, 2022.

“We are working aggressively with the ATF and the Denver Police Department to take dangerous felons with guns off the streets of Denver,” said United States Attorney Cole Finegan. “If you are a convicted felon caught with a firearm or ammunition, you can expect to face severe consequences.”

"The presence of two felons who are unlawfully carrying firearms on our streets is a clear indication of impending violent crime,” said Acting ATF Special Agent in Charge Kirk Howard. “Our partnership with the Denver Police Department, along with the successful prosecution by the US Attorney's Office, underscores our shared determination to make our communities a safer place."

The investigation was handled by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Denver Police Department. The prosecution was handled by the Violent Crime and Immigration Enforcement Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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 gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

CASE NUMBER: 22-cr-00046-RM


Deborah Takahara
Public Affairs Specialist

Updated February 22, 2023

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