UPDATE 1/10/13 @ 3 p.m.
ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man who admitted to two armed robberies will be in prison for the next decade.
Thursday, Jason Johnson, of Albany, Ohio, in Athens County, was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
In September, Johnson robbed Citizens Bank in Nelsonville and in October, the Jewel's Drive-Thru Carryout in Glouster -- both times at gunpoint.
Johnson also admitted to selling heroin. He is currently serving time for another case.
"I am satisfied that Mr. Johnson has been punished for his behavior, let this be a lesson that committing armed robbery to support a drug addiction will end up with you going to prison for a significant stint. We need to treat addiction but we will not allow society to be put at risk to support your habit. I hope those who are addicted seek help, before this cycle repeats," said Prosecutor Blackburn.
The Athens County Prosecutor says Johnson's robberies were fueled by his drug addiction.
The Athens County Prosecutor announced Thursday that Jason A. Johnson is now behind bars.
Keller Blackburn said Johnson is charged with aggravated robbery in connection with his alleged role in the September 30 robbery of the Citizen’s Bank in Nelsonville.
He faces a second aggravated robbery charge for his alleged involvement in the October 28 robbery of Jewell’s Carry-Out in Glouster.
Blackburn says Johnson was arrested in Hocking County where some of the evidence was recovered.
Also charged were Anthony Carey and Timothy Orsborne for complicity to aggravated robbery in connection with the Jewell’s Carry-Out robbery, according to a news release.
Johnson was originally booked into the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail on two outstanding warrants; one for failing to appear for a sentencing hearing in Athens County Common Pleas court and the other for an indictment in Athens County charging him with two counts of trafficking in heroin.
Initial appearances for the three people were held Thursday morning in Athens Municipal Court.
Johnson’s bond was set at $500,000 with no 10 percent allowed. Anthony Carey’s bond was set at $50,000 with no 10 percent allowed. Timothy Orsborne’s bond was set at $100,000 with no 10 percent allowed.
Blackburn says the Glouster Police Department, Nelsonville Police Department, Hocking County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office worked together to solve the two crimes.
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