Bank robbers face court proceedings

Two of the three bandits who robbed the Point Dume branch of Bank of America of $8,000 in September will be in court today, said the head of the Malibu office of the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.

James Franklin Johnson, who pled guilty last Thursday to two counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery, will be held to answer in Malibu before Superior Court Judge James Albracht, said Deputy D.A. Martin Herscowitz. Johnson was only recently arraigned because of crippling injuries he received when the car driven by co-defendant Myron Keith Edwards during a two-county freeway pursuit crashed into the center divider of the San Diego Freeway at Wilshire Boulevard.

Kim Sheri Bailey, who allegedly drove away the silver car Edwards and Johnson used to flee the bank and provided the red car in which they were caught, will also appear before Albracht Thursday at a pretrial conference. She pled not guilty to the same charges as Johnson and will present various motions. Johnson and Bailey each face maximum state prison terms of about 12 years, Herscowitz said.

Edwards pled guilty last month to two counts of robbery and one count of “evading with injuries,” said Herscowitz. He is serving 15 years of a maximum of 25 years in state prison.

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