North Carolina Man Sentenced To 9 Years For NJ Robberies

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TRENTON – A Kingston, N.C., man who admitted to robbing a bank, six fast food restaurants, and a convenience store in New Jersey’s Monmouth and Middlesex Counties between Jan. 29 and Feb. 12, 2011, was sentenced Tuesday to 108 months in prison, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Timothy Lester Johnson, a/k/a “Amiri Allah,” 48, previously pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery and two counts of commercial robbery for crimes he committed on Feb. 11 and 12, 2011. Johnson entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano, who also imposed the sentence on May 8 in Trenton federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

During his July 2011 guilty plea, Johnson admitted to robbing the following commercial establishments, culminating in the Feb. 12, 2011, bank robbery: a Long Branch Dunkin Donuts on Jan. 29, 2011; an Eatontown Burger King on Feb. 3, 2011; a Neptune Quick Chek on Feb. 4, 2011; a Perth Amboy Dunkin Donuts on Feb. 6, 2011; a Tinton Falls McDonalds on Feb. 8, 2011; an Ocean Township Dunkin Donuts on Feb. 11, 2011; a Tinton Falls Dunkin Donuts on Feb. 11, 2011 and a Howell PNC Bank branch on Feb. 12, 2011.

Johnson also admitted to brandishing what appeared to be a firearm in each robbery.

Review of surveillance video from the robberies and additional investigation led law enforcement to a Neptune motor inn where Johnson was staying. On Feb. 23, 2011, law enforcement observed Johnson place bags in the trunk of a car and depart the motel. Johnson was detained after law enforcement stopped the vehicle.

In addition to the prison term, Pisano sentenced Johnson to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $7,614.15 in restitution. In sentencing the defendant, Pisano considered all eight robberies as relevant conduct.

Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward in Newark; along with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Peter E. Warshaw Jr.; Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Bruce J. Kaplan; Howell Township Police Department; Long Branch Police Department; Eatontown Police Department; Neptune Township Police Department; Perth Amboy Police Department; Tinton Falls Police Department; and Township of Ocean Police Department for the work leading to the identification and apprehension of the defendant.

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