U. S. District Judge Ann Montgomery on Thursday sentenced a 32-year-old St. Paul man for his role last year in the armed robbery of the Pot O’ Gold Bingo Hall in Arden Hills, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minneapolis.
The Roseville Police Department was among local enforcement agencies helping in the invesstigation of the case, the attorney's office said.
According to the press release, Montgomery sentenced Antonyo Dewayne Johnson to 63 months in federal prison on one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery pursuant to the Hobbs Act. He also was sentenced 84 months in federal prison on one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. The sentences are to be served consecutively, for a total of 147 months (12 years and 3 months).
Johnson, who was charged in a superseding indictment along with three co-defendants on Sept. 21, 2011, pleaded guilty this past July, the attorney's office said.
In his plea agreement, Johnson admitted that on May 21, 2011, he conspired with others to rob the Pot O’ Gold Bingo Hall, 3776 Connelly Ave., Arden Hills, according to attorney's office.
Johnson and his co- defendants, Corinthian Johnn Reese, 23; Glenn Everett Graddy, 37;, and Nicole Renee McDaniel, 30, all with no known address, used a .45-caliber handgun during the robbery, according to the attorney's office. .
The rest of the press release from the Attorney's Office is as follows:
"According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, two men, later identified as Reese and Graddy, entered the hall just before 1 a.m. on May 21 and pointed a handgun at two employees. The men allegedly demanded money, and the employees complied.
The affidavit states that the men then fled the premises, running across an overgrown embankment, toward Highway 51, where they got into a waiting car, driven by McDaniel.
A short time later, police stopped a vehicle at the on-ramp to eastbound Interstate-694 at Lexington Avenue. The vehicle matched the description of the car seen near the robbery site.
Inside the vehicle, authorities found Reese, Graddy, McDaniel, and Johnson. Witnesses from the bingo hall identified Reese and Graddy as the men who had robbed the bingo hall, adding that Reese had brandished the gun.
During a search of the vehicle, police recovered a large amount of cash. In addition, while searching the embankment near the bingo hall, officers later found a gun that matched the description of the weapon used in the robbery.
On Aug. 2012,
Montgomery sentenced Glenn Everett Graddy to three years of supervised release on one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery pursuant to the Hobbs Act and 84 months in prison on one count of aiding and abetting possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Graddy pleaded guilty a year ago.
On Aug. 21, 2012; Montgomery sentenced Reese to 48 months in prison on one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery pursuant to the Hobbs Act and 84 months in prison on one count of aiding and abetting possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, with the sentences to be served consecutively. Reese pleaded guilty on December 13, 2011.
On Oct. 19, 2012, Montgomery sentenced Nicole Renee McDaniel to 84 months in prison on one count of aiding and abetting possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. McDaniel pleaded guilty on April 24, 2012.
The Hobbs Act, passed by Congress in 1946, provides federal jurisdiction for cases involving violent, habitual criminals who commit armed robbery in businesses involved in interstate commerce. Federal prosecution of these offenders is sometimes beneficial since the penalties may be tougher than under state law.
To that end, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and its County Attorney partners are working together to ensure that violent offenders are effectively prosecuted, making our communities safer for all.
Besides Roseville PD, this case was the result of an investigation by the New Brighton Police Department, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey M. Bryan."