COLLIN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) — Ricky L. Johnson, of Dallas, was sentenced to 40 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of aggravated robbery.

It was in October of 2019 when Johnson walked into a pharmacy in Plano and asked for a prescription. While the pharmacist was distracted, Johnson pulled out a screwdriver, grabbed the pharmacist by the hair, put the tool to her neck, and demanded codeine.

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The pharmacist eventually complied when Johnson threatened to kill her. Johnson, now 44, left the pharmacy with the a substantial amount of codeine and all of the cash from the register.

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Mugshot of Ricky L. Johnson. (credit: Collin County District Attorney’s Office)

Plano police located and arrested Johnson not far from the pharmacy.

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During the punishment phase of trial, prosecutors introduced evidence of Johnson’s prior convictions that included aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault family violence, possession with intent to deliver, and forgery. The prior convictions meant Johnson would receive a minimum punishment of 25 years. Staff