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* Frederick Lim Johnson Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison Bank Robberies

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A San Francisco man convicted of multiple armed bank robberies in the Bay Area was sentenced this week to life in federal prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced. Frederick Lim Johnson, 39, was convicted in U.S. District Court in San Francisco in August of six counts of armed bank robbery and one count of conspiracy.
Prosecutors said Johnson led a crew of three others in a conspiracy to rob banks throughout the Bay Area. Between February and May 2007, the group robbed banks in Belmont, Fremont, Cupertino, San Mateo, Sunnyvale and San Jose, making off with $315,119. At the time of his arrest in 2007, Johnson was carrying a gun,
mask, gloves and a stocking cap. Johnson was twice previously convicted in federal court of armed bank robbery for multiple robberies in 1994 and 2003. He was sentenced on Wednesday. Johnson and two other men, Tavaras Lee Blackmon and Richard Duran committed the 2007 takeover-style robberies armed with pistols, and a woman, Vanessa Short, was the getaway driver for three of the robberies, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Blackmon, Duran and Short have all pleaded guilty. Blackmon received a prison sentence of 12 years and seven months; Duran received five years and eight months; and Short is scheduled to be sentenced March 3.

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