San Francisco Bay Area Violent Crime

Jimmy Lee Terry Gets 159-Years-to-Life in Prison for Violet Robbery of Jewelry Store

A 45-year-old parolee from Oakland who’s been convicted in a 2014 jewelry store armed robbery was sentenced Tuesday to 159-years-to-life in prison in Sonoma County Superior Court, prosecutors said.

Jimmy Lee Terry and his partner Johnny Tasker Douglas, a 35-year-old Oakland resident, entered Bennett Valley Jewelers in Santa Rosa with a gun on July 10, 2014, attempting to steal several Rolex watches by smashing a display case. The store’s owner pulled a gun, so Terry took a clerk hostage and used her as a human shield while shooting at the owner. Terry was shot four times in the exchange and was apprehended outside the store. Douglas was wounded before fleeing the scene in a stolen Mustang parked nearby. The clerk also suffered a minor injury.

Terry had been on parole for 12 days at the time, and already had four prior convictions for robbery. That was a factor in the sentencing decision for Judge Dana Simmonds, who called him the kind of “recidivist offender contemplated by the Three-Strikes law,” prosecutors said.

In April, Terry was found guilty by a jury of kidnapping to commit a robbery, two counts of robbery, two counts of assault with a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Douglas was convicted in April 2016 of two counts each of robbery and assault with a firearm and was sentenced to 11 years in prison. “This was a brazen and planned attack in a very public location in the middle of the day,” District Attorney Jill Ravitch said in a statement. “Clearly, this defendant was willing to take significant risks to accomplish his criminal acts, and it is by sheer luck no one was injured further,” Ravitch said. “The severity of the sentence is appropriate given the heinous crimes that were committed.”

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