A 30-year-old Kansas City man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for robbing two convenience stores at gunpoint in November 2015. Marcus L. Johnson received the sentence on December 1 after pleading guilty in August to two counts of robbery in the first degree.
Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said, “This defendant’s crime spree came to a quick and final end, thanks to the dedication of officers with the Kansas City Police Department.”
On November 10, 2015, Johnson robbed the Phillips 66 on Barry Road near I-29 with what appeared to be a large black handgun. He approached the cashier and demanded money. The next day, Johnson robbed the nearby Conoco on Barry Road with what again appeared to be a large black handgun, approaching the cashier, and again demanding money.
Surveillance footage captured Johnson’s image during the robbery. Additional surveillance footage and a witness also placed a silver-colored Ford Crown Victoria with chrome wheels and a large “Ford” decal in the back windshield in the area during the time of the robberies.
After an image of the robbery was broadcast by local media, a citizen who asked for and received anonymity identified the robber as “Marcus.”
On November 12, 2015, two Kansas City Police officers saw a car matching that description. The officers stopped the car. Johnson was driving and was arrested for the robberies. He was charged the next day and has remained in the Platte County jail since.
Circuit Judge Thomas Fincham heard testimony from one of the victims prior to handing down two 20-year sentences, which were ordered to run concurrently. The victim said he lives every day with the memory of the terrifying experience that Johnson inflicted upon him, and he asked Fincham to impose a just sentence.
Zahnd’s office asked Fincham to sentence Johnson to 20 years in prison. First degree robbery is classified a dangerous felony under Missouri law, meaning Johnson must serve at least 17 years of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
Zahnd said, “Clerks and customers of Platte County convenience stores deserve to feel safe when they are going about their daily activities. Thanks to the keen observation skills of two Kansas City police officers, this dangerous offender is off the streets.”
The case was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Miranda Loesch and First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mark Gibson.
A photo of Johnson robbing the Phillips 66 is above. If you need additional information, please contact our office’s media liaison, Tanya Faherty.