Man who sought lineup guilty of bank robbery

March 05, 1995|By From Staff Reports

A Baltimore man whose attorney pursued several unusual legal strategies in his defense was convicted last week of robbing an Ellicott City bank.

Henry Darnell Johnson was found guilty of robbery, assault and assault with intent to rob by a jury of nine women and three men at a trial in Howard Circuit Court Friday.

Johnson, 36, could be sentenced up to 40 years in prison for the Jan. 25, 1994, robbery at the Commercial and Farmers Bank on U.S. 40. He will be sentenced May 23 by Judge Raymond Kane Jr. Prosecutors are expected to seek at least a 25-year prison term under the state's repeat-offender law. Johnson was convicted of two other bank robberies, one in 1977 and the other in 1987. He is awaiting trial on charges in four other bank robberies in Baltimore County.

At pretrial hearings, Johnson's lawyer pursued several unusual strategies, such as requesting a courtroom lineup to require witnesses to identify the robber and asking for the case to be tried in another county because Howard Circuit Court has an account at the bank that was robbed.

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