He terrorized citizens all around the city, leaving a wake of nearly two dozen victims.
Now, Thurlester Johnson, a serial armed robber who faced 54 criminal charges, has pleaded guilty and been sentenced for his crimes.
In the summer months of 2012, Johnson went on a rampant crime spree. He robbed 23 people at gunpoint including a group of elderly people leaving a bingo game, two people leaving their home, five nurses leaving a restaurant after enjoying a Cardinals game and four teachers leaving a local business, among others.
One victim told the court: “I will never feel safe like I did prior to this awful event. He changed life as I knew it forever.”
Johnson had previously been found guilty of more than a dozen robbery charges spanning several decades. He was on parole from the Missouri Department of Corrections when he committed these crimes.
Monday, Johnson pleaded guilty.
Assistant Circuit Attorney Jeff Coleman recommended Johnson serve two life sentences in prison.
A judge sentenced Johnson to serve 25 years.
For more information on the crimes and Johnson’s past, click here.