An admitted accomplice to a string of robberies in 2017 that eventually resulted in the shooting death of a Hispanic immigrant at a gas station has been sentenced to more than two decades in prison.
James A. Johnson Jr., 23, appeared Friday in Franklin County Circuit Court for sentencing. He and Emmanuel Gunpay Bush, 25, had been charged with murder in connection with the May 2017 shooting death of 54-year-old Adan “Allan” Juarez Vicente at the Marathon gas station on Holmes Street. Johnson was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in the case and a string of burglaries that preceded the fatal shooting.
Johnson pleaded guilty in March to four counts of first-degree robbery, a Class C felony, and a reduced charge of second-degree manslaughter, a capital offense.
According to police reports, Bush, Johnson and Jarqueze Omar-Lumot Bunton, 21, perpetrated a string of robberies in a two-week period of 2017. They allegedly obscured their faces with hoodies and robbed Arandas Mexican Restaurant on Versailles Road, the Circle K gas station on Schenkel Lane and an apartment on Leawood Drive.
One night in May 2017, though, the robberies took a deadly turn.
Juarez-Vicente, who helped out at the store occasionally, and the gas station clerk had just locked the store and were walking across the parking lot. That’s when Johnson and Bush allegedly approached them and tried to rob them at gunpoint when Bush allegedly opened fire.
Johnson and Bush each were indicted on a capital murder charge as well as first-degree robbery, a Class B felony.
Bunton was incarcerated in the Franklin County Regional Jail on charges of fourth-degree domestic violence and a parole violation at the time of the deadly shooting. However, all three men were later tied to the string of previous armed robberies.
Bush is charged with murder, a capital offense, and four counts of first-degree robbery, a Class B felony. Bunton is charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, a Class B felony. A trial date has yet to be scheduled.