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Robber gets 50-year sentence, took $23,000 from banks in Elk Grove, Sacramento

A man convicted of robbing two banks in the Sacramento area in 2011 was sentenced to 50 years to life in state prison, the Sacramento District Attorney’s office said Friday.

Jurors in Sacramento Superior Court convicted Dion Johnson Sr. in November of two counts of bank robbery for “take-over style” heists in Sacramento and Elk Grove.

The first robbery was on Sept. 6, 2011, at First Bank on Howe Avenue in Sacramento. Three men, two of them dressed in security uniforms, fled with $5,000. The second robbery was on Sept. 12, 2011, at the California Community Credit Union in Elk Grove, where two men dressed in camouflage made off with $18,000.

Johnson was implicated in both robberies through phone records and vehicle descriptions, the prosecutor’s office said in a news release.

Johnson had a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon. Judge Kevin McCormick sentenced him under the state’s three strikes law to 50 years to life, the DA’s office said.

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