Robber sentenced to 20 years in prison

John Henry Jr., one of two men charged with the armed robbery of a Kingman convenience store and subsequent high-speed chase with law enforcement officers in August, was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison.

Henry, of Golden Valley, along with James Derrick Harrison of Kingman, was arrested Aug.

21 following a robbery at a Circle K store and a high-speed chase that ended in Golden Valley.

Henry, 19, pleaded guilty Dec.

5 to felony charges of one count of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, one count of armed robbery, and one count of unlawful flight.

Henry had also pleaded guilty to theft and first-degree burglary for the Aug.

17 burglary of a Kingman pawnshop.

Before sentencing, Henry's attorney, Jeff Brown, asked Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steven Conn to consider Henry's immaturity and his heavy use of alcohol during the robbery and chase.

Brown also claimed his client did not know Harrison was going to rob the store.

"I'm sorry for any trouble I caused," Henry said in a low voice before sentencing.

Conn, in handing down the sentence, asked why Henry pleaded guilty to armed robbery if he were not aware of plans to rob the store.

Conn is expected to sentence Henry's codefendant, Harrison, on Friday.

Harrison pleaded guilty Dec.

7 to felony charges of three counts of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, one count of armed robbery and one count of unlawful flight from a police officer.

Harrison, 19, also pleaded guilty to a charge of felony theft of a firearm in the north Kingman pawnshop.

Twelve guns were stolen from the pawnshop a couple days before the Circle K robbery.

In the early morning hours of Aug.

21 the teen-agers held up the store on Kingman Avenue, then drove through Kingman, running stop signs at Beverly Avenue, then crossing Stockton Hill Road onto Interstate 40.

Pursued by Kingman police officers, Arizona Department of Public Safety officers and Mohave County sheriff's deputies, Harrison fired about 100 rounds from two guns - a 9mm and a .357-caliber handgun - during the chase.

With speeds up to 85 mph, the 20-mile chase ended in Golden Valley on state Route 68 when the engine in the suspect's truck blew up.

Henry and Harrison were captured.

No injuries were reported in the robbery or the chase.