A 26-year-old man convicted of murdering the owner of a Lancaster computer store during a March 2012 robbery was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Timothy Jerode Johnson of Lancaster was found guilty Aug. 1 of first- degree murder for the March 23, 2012, shooting death of Reed Keith, with jurors finding true the special circumstance allegation that the 59-year-old victim was murdered during the robbery at e-Chaps Computer store.
Johnson also was convicted of two counts of second-degree robbery.
A customer in the store managed to escape and testified he was forced to face-down on the floor and that he heard Johnson shoot Keith and say, “You didn’t think I’d shoot you, did you?,” according to court testimony.
Johnson took cash and computers from the business and ran to a get-away vehicle driven by Jinea Aarona Ingram, according to Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Chung.
Ingram, 27, pleaded no contest May 6 to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced Aug. 14 to 21 years in state prison.
— City News Service