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Man Sentenced to 95 Months in Prison for Role in Tobacco Store Robbery

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

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Twin Cities man has been sentenced to 95 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for aiding and abetting a 2023 Hobbs Act robbery of a tobacco store in Apple Valley, announced United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger. 

According to court documents, on January 23, 2023, 32-year-old David Devor Harris aided and abetted Deshawn Terrell Johnson in the robbery of a tobacco store. After the robbery, Harris and Johnson fled in a black Dodge Charger, which Apple Valley Police officers were quickly able to locate in the vicinity. Johnson fled from the car and continued on foot, but Harris was immediately apprehended. Initially, Harris lied to law enforcement and positioned himself as the victim of a carjacking, but officers were quickly able to determine the two had been acquainted for years. A subsequent search of the black Dodge Charger revealed further evidence of their planned robbery scheme, including identification cards left behind, plastic gloves, and license plates that had been removed from the vehicle.

Harris was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court by Judge Jerry W. Blackwell. On January 9, 2024, Harris pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting interference with commerce by robbery.

On September 27, 2023, Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery, one count of attempted bank robbery, one count of interference with commerce by robbery, and one count of brandishing a firearm during an in relation to a crime of violence. He will be sentenced at a later date.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Apple Valley Police Department, the Lakeville Police Department, and the FBI.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jordan L. Sing and Evan B. Gilead prosecuted the case.

Updated June 28, 2024

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