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A Lynchburg man will spend five years in prison for robbing his step-grandmother. Blake Johnson, 20, pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court to breaking and entering and grand larceny.
According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock, Johnson broke into his step-grandmother’s house at night in March. The woman, who is on oxygen, was awakened by the sound of the break-in and saw him. Although he was wearing a mask, she recognized him by his eyes and his height — Johnson is tall — and the fact that he knew exactly where to find the boxes containing the antiques that he stole.
Johnson took the $2,000 worth of antiques to the Bedford Antique Mall and sold them.
“He told her [the owner] that his grandparents left them to him,” said Wheelock.
The antique mall owner paid him with a check made out to Blake Johnson. After Johnson’s arrest, she provided this evidence to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and identified Johnson at his preliminary hearing.
Johnson was sentenced to 10 years in prison, suspended after the service of five years.
Wheelock said the victim never got her antiques back. The Bedford Antique Mall sold the antiques to a dealer in Florida shortly after buying them. However, she had insurance which covered the loss.
This is not Johnson’s first serious brush with the law. Wheelock said that Johnson was found guilty, last year, of the malicious wounding of his mother, a felony. He’s also been convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon, in Campbell County, and is awaiting sentencing on that charge.