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Man serving life for Boys & Girls Club mass shooting sentenced for robbery

Johnny Blackshell, the man convicted in a mass shooting outside the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester in August 2015, was sentenced Wednesday for a robbery nine days before the mass shooting. (WHAM photo)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHAM) - Johnny Blackshell, the man convicted in a mass shooting outside the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester in August 2015, was sentenced Wednesday for a robbery nine days before the mass shooting.

Blackshell, 23, was sentenced to 11 years and 11 months in federal prison for his role in the 7-Eleven robbery. In November 2017, Blackshell pleaded guilty to charges of Hobbs Act Robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Blackshell is currently serving life in state prison without parole for the murders of Johnny Johnson, Raekwon Manigault, and Jonah Barley during a mass shooting outside the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester on August 19, 2015.

On August 10, 2015, Blackshell and Joseph Lowry went into the 7-Eleven store on Lake Avenue in Rochester around 3:20 a.m. to rob it of cash and various items.

Blackshell and Lowry jumped over the service desk and ordered the employees to the ground. Blackshell then pointed a handgun at the victim’s head and told him to open the register. Lowry took $80 from the register before the two then took cigarettes, tobacco, chewing gum, and numerous rolls of New York State scratch-off lottery tickets. Several of the tickets were winners and Blackshell received money for them.

Lowry was previously convicted and sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

The ATF worked with the FBI and RPD to sentence Blackshell for the crime.

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