Tuesday, April 15, 2014
One of the men charged with the August, 2011 shooting and robbery that occurred at Szechuan Restaurant on Highmarket Street in Georgetown has pleaded guilty to attempted murder.
Senior Assistant Solicitor Erin Bailey said Dwaine Lamark Johnson Jr., 19, was about to stand trial Tuesday for shooting the owners of the restaurant during the robbery but, after a jury was selected he changed his plea to 'guilty.'
Bailey said Johnson was the triggerman in the incident.
He pleaded guilty to armed robbery and two counts of attempted murder.
Circuit Court Judge Edward Cottingham sentenced Johnson to 15 years in prison.
During the armed robbery, Johnson, and an accomplice, Isiah Greene, took $350 from the cash register, Bailey said.
In March 2013, Johnson was accidentally released from prison as he awaited trial for the two shootings. He spent several days on the run, but was eventually re-captured a few days later at a house in Georgetown.
Johnson had been moved to a prison after he was charged with assault for allegedly throwing urine on a jail officer.
Greene pleaded guilty Tuesday to a reduced charge of common law robbery and was sentenced to 7 years in prison.
The two victims recovered from the shooting. The restaurant was closed after the incident but has now reopened in a different location.
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