Man gets 22 years in prison for fatal drug-related robbery

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Bridgeport man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in a drug-related robbery of another man who was fatally shot despite offering no resistance.

U.S. District Judge Michael Shea in Hartford imposed the sentence Tuesday on 24-year-old Johnnie “Jeezy” Jefferson, who pleaded guilty in November to causing the death of Dawayne Cobb through the use of a firearm.

Prosecutors say Jefferson and Trumaine Hearst robbed the 24-year-old Cobb of about two ounces of marijuana in October 2012. Authorities say Hearst fatally shot Cobb, who didn’t resist the robbery.

Hearst pleaded guilty to the same firearm charge and is serving a 28-year prison sentence.

Bridgeport Police Chief Joseph Gaudett Jr. says the case sends a clear message that gun violence won’t be tolerated in Bridgeport.

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