Kingsport Times-News: Man who robbed elderly Hawkins couple at gunpoint sentenced to 20 years

Man who robbed elderly Hawkins couple at gunpoint sentenced to 20 years

Jeff Bobo • Jun 25, 2018 at 10:30 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Bean Station man who robbed a Mooresburg couple at gunpoint in their home last September and then led police on a high speed pursuit in a stolen vehicle was sentenced to 20 years last week.

Glen Allen “Opie” Johnson, 37, pleaded guilty Friday before Hawkins County Criminal Court Judge John Dugger to several charges, the most serious of which was aggravated robbery.

As a condition of his plea, Johnson must serve 85 percent of his 20 year sentence before he is eligible for parole. He was also fined $1,200, and a restitution order was reserved for 30 days.

When Johnson arrived in Hawkins County on the morning of Sept. 28, 2017, he was already the subject of a police manhunt after burgling a home in Grainger County and stealing a vehicle.

Police say he ran the stolen Honda he was driving off the road and got it stuck, then walked to the home of an acquaintance’s grandparents on Adams Lane in Mooresburg.

Around 6 a.m. that morning, Johnson allegedly entered the back door of that residence brandishing a small black handgun and grabbed the wife’s purse and keys from the kitchen table.

The husband was sitting in a recliner, where he reportedly had a .32-caliber pistol handy, which he pointed at Johnson.

Johnson then threw the woman to the floor, dropping his gun in the process, and then he wrestled the husband’s pistol away from him.

Johnson then fled the residence and drove away in the couple’s 2005 Scion.

Authorities from Hawkins and Grainger counties were still looking for Johnson in the stolen car about two hours later when the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office began a pursuit south on Route 31 and into Hawkins County.

That chase continued past Highway 11-W onto Slate Hill Road, and Johnson was captured after turning onto the dead-end Lake Access Road.

Police said Johnson was apparently on a drug binge at the time and he told police later that he didn’t remember much about what happened.

Aside from the aggravated robbery charge, Johnson pleaded guilty to felony evading arrest, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, reckless driving and driving on a revoked license.

All of those sentences will run concurrently for an overall 20 years, but he also has pending felony charges in Hancock and Grainger counties which will run consecutively with the 20 years.

Child porn case nets 10 year sentence

The only other guilty plea heard by Dugger Friday was Bethel Lee Farmer, 44, formerly of Church Hill and lately of Harlan, Ky., who was sentenced to 10 years at 100 percent for sexual exploitation of a minor.

Farmer was also fined $1,000 and will be on the sex offender registry for life.

He was originally indicted in 2014 following a yearlong Church hill Police Department investigation which uncovered more than 1,300 explicit images of the victim on a laptop and cell phones belonging to Farmer.

One count of aggravated rape and another sex charge were dismissed.

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