A cell phone is often a 16 year-old’s most prized possession. But on the day Jerome Johnson ripped a cell phone from one teen’s hands, he didn’t just steal metal and plastic, he ripped away the boy’s senses of safety and security.
Friday, Judge Thomas J. Frawley sentenced Johnson to five years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. The victim, along with his parents, and residents from the Dutchtown neighborhood took a stand in court, telling the judge they were tired of crime in their neighborhood.
On September 16, 2013, the teen was walking down Grand Blvd. in broad daylight when Johnson snatched the cell phone out of his hand and ran off. But the teenager followed him and Johnson was quickly captured by police.
For months afterward, though, the young man was afraid to walk alone down the street. Investigators never recovered his phone.
Johnson has four prior convictions, including one for stealing, on which he had his probation revoked for new convictions.
Friday, Johnson asked for probation again but Assistant Circuit Attorney Matt Martin asked for significant prison time and Judge Frawley agreed.
The Circuit Attorney’s Office appreciates and applauds the victims and community members who came to court to help bring the offender to justice.