Man Sentenced to Two Life Terms in Murder of Lancaster Computer Store Owner

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Timothy Jerode Johnson, 26, received two consecutive life without the possibility of parole sentences and an additional 25 years-to-life term. (Credit: LA County Sheriff's Dept.)

A 26-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to two terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering the owner of a computer store in Lancaster during a 2012 robbery.

Timothy Jerode Johnson also received an additional 25 years-to-life term, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Jurors found Johnson guilty on Aug. 1 of one count of first-degree murder with a special circumstance allegation that the killing was committed during a robbery and two counts of second-degree robbery, the release stated,

His co-defendant, Jinea Aarona Ingram, 27, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter on May 6 and was sentenced to 21 years in state prison.

Johnson robbed the e-Chaps Computer store on March 23, 2012, the release stated.

During the robbery he pointed a gun at the store owner, 59-year-old Reed Keith and a customer, according to the DA’s office.

After both victims were forced to the ground, the customer testified that he heard the defendant shoot Keith and say, “You didn’t think I’d shoot you, did you,” according to court transcripts.

The customer escaped unharmed while Johnson stole money and computers and took off  in a getaway vehicle driven by Ingram, the prosecutors said.