‘Red Shoe Robber’ gets 57 years in prison for Cleveland-area crime spree

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Johnnie L. Harris (Photo courtesy Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office)

CLEVELAND- The “Red Shoe Robber” was sentenced for a robbery spree that took him from Lakewood to Eastlake.

Last month, a Cuyahoga County jury convicted Johnnie L. Harris, of Cleveland, on 94 counts, including aggravated robbery and kidnapping. On Monday, he was sentenced to 57 years in prison.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said the 22-year-old robbed 19 pharmacies, gas stations, bars and convenience stores between October 2013 and March 2014.

“Johnnie Harris asked the judge to treat his sentencing like he was shopping at Costco, but Judge Ambrose refused to give the defendant a bulk discount for his crimes,” assistant prosecuting attorney Ryan Bokoch said in a news release on Monday. “With this sentence, Judge Ambrose ensured that Johnnie Harris was held accountable for each of the 19 business he robbed.”

Harris, who was known to wear red shoes, fired shots during at least seven of the robberies.