Man Sentenced To 16 Years For Bank Robbery

A man who plead guilty to robbing a bank in the East has now been sentenced to 16 years in prison with five years supervised release and must pay a fine of $10,000 dollars.

According to officials Clifton Johnson of Pikeville plead guilty back in October 4, 2010 to armed bank robbery and using or carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

Officials say on June 9, 2010 Johnson entered a Heritage Bank in Fremont and pointed a pistol at the bank manager’s head demanding money. Johnson ordered a customer to the floor and all employees into the vault. An employee was ordered to place money from the vault into Johnson’s bag. Johnson then fled with $24,703 dollars.

The alarm was activated and when a Fremont police officer arrived and saw Johnson fleeing he confronted him. Johnson pointed his weapon at the officer. The officer then fire four shots at Johnson. Johnson was not hit, but surrendered immediately.

All of the money was recovered.


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  • by Instructor Location: At the Range on Mar 27, 2011 at 10:47 AM
    15 rounds in the gun and you stopped with 4. Please tell me the gun jammed.
  • by Anonymous Location: Jax on Mar 27, 2011 at 06:39 AM
    1 warning shot then one to the upper torso. YEP He needs to back to the range.
  • by MARK Location: LaGrange on Mar 26, 2011 at 11:03 PM
    The police chief had every right to shoot to kill. Sounds like this guy was crazy and understand he has done this many times before. He got off too easy. He put other peoples in danger,and should have been sentenced more than 16 years. Maybe with his age, he will not be able to harm anyone again.....
  • by John on Mar 26, 2011 at 08:39 PM
    Gee...I hope I don't miss if anyone ever points a gun at me. Wow...4 shots and no hit? This officer needs to go back to the range.
  • by Sue Location: New Bern on Mar 26, 2011 at 06:19 PM
    If someone points a loaded gun at you threating to shoot and kill you then shooting at that person is certainly justified. Do you not think that the robber was trying to kill the officer. Duh.
  • by Del Location: Kinston on Mar 26, 2011 at 05:00 PM
    The country is robbed by bankers who get bigger bonuses and no jail time yet this man gets 16 yrs.Justice American style u gotta love it.
  • by James Location: Fremont on Mar 26, 2011 at 04:42 PM
    What ever happened to that Police Chief. His wild and reckless shooting was uncalled for. I heard that officer state that he was trying to kill the bank robber.
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