Lonnie Ray Johnson
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – He had gotten away with robbing a bank for a few months, but Lonnie Ray Johnson will now spend a few years behind bars.
The 55-year-old pleaded guilty last month in Dearborn County court to charges in connection with a hold-up he committed at the United Community Bank on Eads Parkway last year.
Judge Jon Cleary accepted a negotiated plea agreement between Johnson and prosecutors Thursday. Johnson pleaded guilty to Robbery (Class C Felony) in exchange for having a lesse charge of being a habitual offender dismissed.
Cleary gave Johnson 2,920 days, or eight years, to serve in the Indiana Department of Corrections. The Dayton, Ohio resident will be given credit for 612 days already served.
Impacting the judge’s sentence was Johnson’s criminal history and the nature of the offense.
Johnson has also been ordered to pay $7,145 in restitution to United Community Bank and $165 in court costs.
Lawrenceburg Police detectives identified Johnson as the suspect in the June 3, 2010 robbery when they began reviewing surveillance footage from the bank. They compared that footage to security video from Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg where Johnson was a frequent visitor.
He apparently fled to California following the robbery as authorities put out a warrant for his arrest. Johnson was arrested in San Diego last October and extradited back to Indiana.