Man who robbed Bay Area cannabis delivery truck gets 42 months; Judge criticizes prosecutors but acknowledges ‘brazen’ crime

SAN FRANCISCO — A Bay Area man who admitted to participating in the 2018 robbery of a cannabis delivery truck was sentenced to three years and six months in federal prison Tuesday, by a judge who acknowledged “all of the good work” the defendant has done to better himself since his arrest.

Lamar Johnson, 31, has already spent roughly 16 months in Santa Rita Jail awaiting resolution in his case. He was indicted on federal charges in March 2019, five months after he and two others approached a cannabis delivery truck in San Francisco — after trailing it through the East Bay — and made off with nearly $29,000 in cash.

“This was a brazen, big time robbery,” U.S. District Judge William Alsup said Tuesday. But he also praised Johnson for being willing to “risk his own life” as a module worker at Santa Rita Jail — which Alsup referred to as a “cesspool” — during COVID-19 outbreaks there, and for educational programs he participated in.

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