Friday, 10 April 2015 13:30

Man Convicted of Robbing U of M Students

SCDAG's Special Prosecution Unit (SPU) SCDAG's Special Prosecution Unit (SPU) SCDAG
MEMPHIS – Apr. 10, 2015 - A man with at least five prior felony convictions has been convicted of robbing two University of Memphis students at gunpoint last year, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Friday.
Johnny Wilkerson, 35, who is being held in the Shelby County Jail, will be sentenced May 11 by Criminal Court Judge W. Mark Ward.
Wilkerson was convicted on two counts of aggravated robbery, a crime that carries punishment of from 8 to 30 years in prison.
Two students testified this week that at around 9:50 p.m. on Jan. 24 last year they were leaving an apartment in the 3600 block of Spottswood near the campus when a man with a gun approached them.
The man ordered them to sit on the ground between two parks cars and then robbed them of their cell phones and wallets containing money, credit cards and other items.
Investigators developed Wilkerson as a suspect and recovered some of the stolen items in his garbage can. The victims also identified him in a photo lineup.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Ann Schiller of the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit which seeks maximum punishment for repeat felony offenders.
Wilkerson has at least five prior felony convictions in Chicago where he previously lived.