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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

The Case of Deshaun Steven Johnson

While this statement from the Lynchburg's Prosecutors office occurred July 15, we thought there may still be interest in this case. Cab drivers and workers in convenience stores remain some of the most dangerous occupations in Lynchburg.

From the Lynchburg's Prosecutor's office:

On July 15, 2005, Judge Mosby G. Perrow, III sentenced 22-year old Deshaun Steven Johnson for the November 28, 2004 robbery and shooting of a cab driver. The defendant received a 50-year prison sentence with 30-years being suspended. The defendant will be required to serve an active 20-year prison sentence.

On May 24, 2005, the defendant had pled guilty to five felony charges: Robbery, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of Robbery, Malicious Wounding, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of Malicious Wounding and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

At approximately 1:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, November 28, 2004, the defendant had flagged down an Allied Cab at the intersection of Fifth and Polk Streets. After being taken to the intersection of 15th and Grace Streets, the defendant pulled out a gun and demanded money from the cab driver. When the cab driver attempted to get out of the cab, the defendant shot him twice - the first shot in the back and the second shot grazing his neck. The cab driver was still able to get out of the cab and run down 15th Street, screaming for help. As he was running down the street, the cab driver threw money on the ground, in the hopes that the defendant would take the money. Instead of immediately taking the money, the defendant pursued the cab driver down 15th Street, eventually catching him on the front porch of a residence on Jackson Street. The defendant then fired a third shot, once again grazing the back of the cab driver's neck. When the defendant fled the scene, he ran back up 15th Street, picking up between $150 and $180 that the cab driver had thrown on the ground.

The cab driver spent a total of 4 days in the hospital recovering from his injuries and to this day, has a bullet lodged in his back.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Felmlee.

(Local news) (Local police, law and crime)


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