U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Minnesota
District of Minnesota
For Immediate Release
December 13, 2012
B. Todd Jones, United States Attorney
Contact: Jeanne F. Cooney, Director of Community Relations
St. Paul Man Sentenced for Role in Armed Robbery of Arden Hills Bingo Hall
MINNEAPOLIS — Today in federal court, a 32–year–old St. Paul man was sentenced for his role in the armed robbery of the Pot O’ Gold Bingo Hall in Arden Hills. United States District Judge Ann D. Montgomery sentenced Antonyo Dewayne Johnson to 63 months in federal prison on one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery pursuant to the Hobbs Act and 84 months in federal prison on one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. The sentences are to be served consecutively, for a total of 147 months. Johnson, who was charged in a superseding indictment along with three co–defendants on September 21, 2011, pleaded guilty on July 26, 2012.
In his plea agreement, Johnson admitted that on May 21, 2011, he conspired with others to rob the Pot O’ Gold Bingo Hall at 3776 Connelly Avenue in Arden Hills. Johnson and his co–defendants, Corinthian Johnn Reese, age 23, Glenn Everett Graddy, age37, and Nicole Renee McDaniel, age 30, all with no known address, used a .45–caliber handgun during the robbery. According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, two men, later identified as Reese and Graddy, entered the hall just before 1:00 a.m. on May 21 and pointed a handgun at two employees. The men allegedly demanded money, and the employees complied. The affidavit states that the men then fled the premises, running across an overgrown embankment, toward Highway 51, where they got into a waiting car, driven by McDaniel.
A short time later, police stopped a vehicle at the on–ramp to eastbound Interstate–694 at Lexington Avenue. The vehicle matched the description of the car seen near the robbery site. Inside the vehicle, authorities found Reese, Graddy, McDaniel, and Johnson. Witnesses from the bingo hall identified Reese and Graddy as the men who had robbed the bingo hall, adding that Reese had brandished the gun. During a search of the vehicle, police recovered a large amount of cash. In addition, while searching the embankment near the bingo hall, officers later found a gun that matched the description of the weapon used in the robbery.
On August 17, 2012, Judge Montgomery sentenced Glenn Everett Graddy to three years of supervised release on one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery pursuant to the Hobbs Act and 84 months in prison on one count of aiding and abetting possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Graddy pleaded guilty on December 12, 2011.
On August 21, 2012, Judge Montgomery sentenced Reese to 48 months in prison on one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery pursuant to the Hobbs Act and 84 months in prison on one count of aiding and abetting possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, with the sentences to be served consecutively. Reese pleaded guilty on December 13, 2011.
On October 19, 2012, Judge Montgomery sentenced Nicole Renee McDaniel to 84 months in prison on one count of aiding and abetting possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. McDaniel pleaded guilty on April 24, 2012.
The Hobbs Act, passed by Congress in 1946, provides federal jurisdiction for cases involving violent, habitual criminals who commit armed robbery in businesses involved in interstate commerce. Federal prosecution of these offenders is sometimes beneficial since the penalties may be tougher than under state law. To that end, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and its County Attorney partners are working together to ensure that violent offenders are effectively prosecuted, making our communities safer for all.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Roseville Police Department, the New Brighton Police Department, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey M. Bryan.