Woman Sentenced for Driving Getaway Car in Williamsburg Home Burglary

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The Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse (staff photo)

A Newport News woman’s cooperation with the prosecution landed her no active jail time for a charge related to the burglary of a Williamsburg home.

Keisha Johnson received five years each on a felony charge of grand larceny and a felony charge  of conspiracy to commit grand larceny for her involvement in the March 2014 burglary of a home in the City of Williamsburg’s Port Anne subdivision.

Johnson, 24, told the court in a hearing against Larry Coney Jr. — who was also found guilty of the crime — she was the getaway driver during the burglary and had driven Coney and another man from Newport News to Williamsburg with the knowledge they were going to break into someone’s home.

She then acted as a lookout while Coney knocked on the doors of several houses to find an unoccupied home.

Police found a broken garage door window and found the door leading into the home from the garage had been beaten in.

Officers also found drawers and cabinets in the home had been rifled through, and a web camera and microphone were missing from a desk drawer.

Johnson pleaded guilty to the two charges July 28. In between her plea hearing and her sentencing, Johnson testified twice against Coney — once at the preliminary hearing in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court, and once during Coney’s bench trial in May.

Coney’s sentencing for his Williamsburg charges is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 8.

Johnson also cooperated with prosecutors in York County, where she and Coney were convicted of breaking into a house in the Penniman East subdivision April 21, 2014.

Johnson received a suspended sentence of five years for felony receiving stolen goods, while Coney entered an Alford plea, in which he maintains his innocence but stipulates the evidence is sufficient to find him guilty, for a felony charge of receiving stolen goods.

He received a five-year sentence with four years and six months suspended for that charge.

He is also facing a homicide charge out of Hampton, where he is accused of killing a 3-year-old boy. His trial for that case is Sept. 1.

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