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.READ MORE: Cartoon Face Apps May Have Some Drawbacks When It Comes To Privacy
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.READ MORE: 7,400 Dallas ISD Non-Teaching Employees Calling For $15 Per Hour Wage
Plano police located and arrested Johnson not far from the pharmacy.MORE NEWS: State Democrats At US Capitol Discussing Ways To Stop Texas Elections Bill: 'We Need Their Help Now'
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.