Sacto 9-1-1
January 17, 2013
Three decades of robberies earns man 'three strikes' sentence

A man with a history of robbery convictions over more than three decades has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison under California's three strikes law.

Michael Neal Johnson, 53, was convicted of robbing the downtown River City Bank in Sacramento on Jan. 25, 2012, and was found to have committed three prior bank robberies. He was sentenced today by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Gary Mullen.

Johnson's criminal record dates back to a 1980 robbery conviction when he was a juvenile in Santa Clara, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

In 1983, he was convicted of possession of stolen property. In 1985, he was convicted of robbing a savings and loans bank and was federally prosecuted in the Eastern District of California.

In November and December 1992, Johnson robbed a total of eight banks in the Sacramento, San Francisco and Fort Lauderdale areas, officials said.

On May 11, 1993, Johnson was sentenced to 171 months in federal prison for the string of 1992 bank robberies. Officials said he escaped from federal custody about two months before he committed the January 2012 River City Bank robbery in Sacramento.

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.

About Sacto 9-1-1

Sacto 9-1-1 is a blog on crime and emergency services news in the Sacramento region.

Send feedback on Sacto 9-1-1 to Assistant Metro Editor Anthony Sorci at

Subscribe to Breaking News Alerts

Arrest Logs

Sacto 9-1-1 Q&A

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues. QUESTION: A couple of years ago, a Sacramento tax attorney named Roni Deutch was the target of an investigation by the California Department of Justice. She was accused of bilking clients out of millions and defying a court (Read More)

More Questions and Answers
See all the crime Q&As
Submit your question

March 2016

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    

Monthly Archives

Kim Minugh on Twitter

Follow "Kim_Minugh" on Twitter

Local Agencies on Twitter