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Two men convicted of liquor store robberies in which clerk was shot

Two men have been convicted of Sacramento-area liquor store robberies, including one in which a clerk was shot.

A jury on Tuesday found Demetrius Johnson, 27, and David Bell, 24, guilty of three counts of robbery. The jury also found that the men were armed during the robberies and that Johnson discharged a weapon causing great bodily injury, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

On May 22, 2015, Johnson and Bell went to a liquor store on Franklin Boulevard. When the two men tried to leave the store without paying for their items, the clerks tried to stop them. Bell then lifted up his shirt and threatened the clerks with a revolver, authorities said.

Ten minutes later, Johnson and Bell entered a minimart two blocks from the liquor store. Bell tried to go behind the counter to take bottles of alcohol. When the clerk confronted Bell, Johnson pointed the revolver at the clerk and fired two shots as the defendants left the store with the bottles. The clerk was struck in the arm, and suffered a fractured bone and tissue damage.

Johnson and Bell were in possession of the revolver and property from both robberies when they were apprehended, authorities said.

Johnson has multiple prior strike convictions under California’s “three strikes” law for robbery, carjacking and criminal threats as well as prior convictions for elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon, prosecutors said.

Both men are to be sentenced Jan. 20 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Eugene Balonon.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy