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Shreveport man sentenced to 203 years

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Loresha Wilson


A Shreveport man who robbed a North Market gas station in 2009 was handed a 203-year prison sentence Wednesday.

Melvin Johnson, 50, was sentenced to 198 years for the robbery and an additional five years for carrying out the crime with a handgun. Caddo District Judge Craig Marcotte ordered the two sentences to run concurrently.

“I hope this sentence sends out a message that we will do everything in our power to protect hardworking individuals who are trying to earn a living and make ends meet by locking up criminals like this,” said Dhu Thompson, assistant Caddo district attorney.

Prosecutors say the defendant walked into the business, pulled out a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. He took just more than $100, then ordered the clerk to the back of the store and threatened to kill her, Thompson said. A customer walked inside the business and Johnson left.

A Caddo jury deliberated 15 minutes in March before finding Johnson guilty as charged. He was later charged as a habitual offender. Court records show Johnson, for the most part, was arrested once each year since 1978, except the years he was serving time.

He was sentenced once to 15 years at hard labor and at another time for five years as the result of a parole violation, records show.

Johnson faced 66 to 198 years as a habitual offender.

“I don’t see much of a time period where Mr. Johnson was not committing crimes,” Marcotte said. “I think a short period of time will not make a difference, and I don’t think rehabilitation is even an issue in this case.”

“If this man was to be released, we’re going to have more armed robberies, more burglaries or even a murder by this individual. This conduct is likely to continue.”

Johnson threatened the prosecutor as a Caddo deputy escorted the defendant out of the courtroom.

“You’ll get yours,” Johnson said.

Thompson replied saying, “In another lifetime.”


Written by demon53

May 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm

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