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Authorities say Josiah Johnson was shot in the buttocks during a struggle with the driver.

COURTESY: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Josiah Augustine Johnson

A 19-year-old man faces 70 months in prison after a cab robbery last year that resulted in him accidentally getting shot, according to the Washington County District Attorney's Office.

On Sept. 14, 2020, prosecutors say, Josiah Johnson requested a cab from Gresham to Beaverton. When the driver arrived, he noticed Johnson was acting strange after the driver asked him to pay for the ride up front.

When Johnson pulled out cash to pay for the ride, the driver immediately noticed a counterfeit bill, so he asked Johnson to give him his cellphone as collateral until the ride was finished, according to the DA's Office. At one point during the ride, Johnson reportedly asked the driver if he had "personal protection." The driver told Johnson that he did not have a gun, officials said.

When the ride was over, Johnson again tried to pay the driver with a counterfeit bill, according to prosecutors. The driver refused to accept the money, telling Johnson that he would keep his phone until he was paid with real money, officials said.

Johnson then pulled out a gun and pointed it at the driver, demanding he return the phone, officials said. The driver attempted to grab the gun and the two of them fought over the firearm. During the struggle, the firearm discharged, striking Johnson in the buttocks, according to the DA's Office.

The driver then took the weapon while witnesses called law enforcement, officials said. When Washington County deputies arrived, they learned that the weapon was stolen. Johnson himself admitted the firearm was not legal, according to the DA's Office.

On July 15, Johnson pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery and unlawful use of a weapon, according to court documents.

On July 23, court records show, Johnson tried to withdraw his guilty plea, but presiding Judge Oscar Garcia denied the motion.


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