Newport Man Pleads Guilty To Carjacking And Brandishing An AR-15 Assault Weapon

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A Newport man pleaded guilty Monday to a 2016 carjacking that took place in front of a convenience store on Sell Road in Hampton.

On November 20, 2016, 35-year-old Mark Anthony Johnson arrived at the convenience, followed by two other vehicles. He exited his vehicle with an AR-15, which he brandished at two people in the parking lot. After entering the establishment, he brandished the AR-15 at the clerk and exited the store. Once outside, he brandished the weapon at a man sitting in a vehicle, as another vehicle approached and blocked the man’s vehicle, according to court documents.

Mark Anthony Johnson

Johnson removed the man from his vehicle at gunpoint and struck him with the weapon, forcing him to the ground, at which time Johnson and a group of people began kicking him. A passenger in Johnson’s vehicle fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle.

The carjacking charge has a maximum penalty of 15 years and the brandishing a firearm charge has a penalty of 7 years to life. Johnson’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 4.

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