LANCASTER – The getaway driver involved in a 2012 robbery that turned into a homicide was sentenced Thursday to 21 years in state prison.
Jinea Ingram, 26, drove her boyfriend, Timothy Johnson, to and from a robbery that ended in the death of Lancaster business owner Reed Keith, according to court testimony.
Keith, 59, was robbed and shot in the knee, chest and head at his e-Chap Computers and More store in Lancaster on March 23, 2012, prosecutors said. (Read more here)
A gunman in a ski mask entered the store around 4 p.m. and confronted Keith and another man. Keith was shot dead after he refused to comply with the gunman’s orders, while the other man managed to escape as the gunman was rummaging the store.
Days after the incident, Ingram and Johnson were arrested and charged with murder and robbery. (Read more here.)
After more than two years of delays, Ingram pleaded no contest May 6 to one count of voluntary manslaughter, and she admitted the allegation of use of a firearm. (Read more here.)
The murder charge and two counts of second degree robbery were dismissed against Ingram as part of the plea deal. Ingram also agreed to testify against Johnson.
At Johnson’s trial last month, Ingram testified that she drove Johnson to and from the computer store because Johnson told her he wanted to “hit a lick” (slang term for robbery).
Ingram also testified that she drove Johnson to his mother’s house in Lancaster following the robbery. The stolen computers and Keith’s wallet were later recovered from the Lancaster home, according to court testimony. Ingram said she did not know the robbery had turned into a homicide until she was questioned by detectives.
Johnson was found guilty by jury on Aug. 1 of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree robbery. The jury also found true a special circumstance allegation that the killing was committed during a robbery. (Read more here.) Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced on September 19.
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