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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Suspect in Lincoln County store robbery pleads guilty before trial

  • Formal sentencing is set in November for a Stroud man who has pleaded guilty to charges involving a store robbery earlier this year in Lincoln County.
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    Formal sentencing is set in November for a Stroud man who has pleaded guilty to charges involving a store robbery earlier this year in Lincoln County.
    Before his trial, Clint Charles Johnson, 26, of Stroud, pleaded guilty in Lincoln County District Court to second-degree robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle and third-degree arson.
    Johnson appeared in court as part of the October trial docket, where a jury was selected and even sworn to hear the case at trial. But Johnson decided to enter a guilty plea in the case, so the jury was excused.
    A Lincoln County judge ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set his sentencing for Nov. 26.
    This case first unfolded when the clerk at B&B General Store in Kendrick reported she was robbed on March 18.
    She said the suspect, wearing a shirt over his face and covering everything but his eyes, came in and reached over to open her cash register drawer.
    “At first, she thought it was a joke so she reached up and pulled the shirt off his face,” said Lincoln County Sheriff Charlie Dougherty. The suspect, while cursing back, told her it wasn’t a joke and demanded money, the sheriff said, then grabbed the cash register and threw it to the ground.
    After a few attempts to open it himself, the suspect allegedly picked the register back up and forced the clerk to open it, then fled with about $300 cash and five packs of cigarettes, the sheriff said.
    The suspect drove off in a green Dodge pickup. Deputies responded to the area, with Dougherty finding the ditched pickup within about 15 minutes of the initial call.
    The truck, which broke down, was left to burn, he said, although the fire burned itself out in the cab.
    Deputies began searching the area and sought out the registered owner of the truck in Cushing. Further inquiries revealed that the owner’s sister had left the keys in the truck and it was missing from her place of employment.
    The sheriff, who called a manhunt for the area where the truck was found, said an airplane from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol responded for air support as deputies used dogs. Man trackers from the district attorney’s task force also were utilized as about 20 law enforcement officers from Lincoln County’s special operations team converged to search a five-mile radius.
    When they were unable to locate anything, the sheriff called off the search.
    Hours later, deputies received a phone call from a residence on 840 Road, located about one mile south of the manhunt area, where the homeowner reported a man approached her home and said he needed help.
    Page 2 of 2 - “He said he had stolen a truck in Cushing and wanted to turn himself in,” Dougherty said, so deputies responded to that area and arrested Johnson.
    Johnson was jailed and later charged in the case.
    He remains jailed in Lincoln County until his sentencing date.
     
     

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