Judge sentences Johnny Jesse Roman to 25 years in prison for residency offenses

Johnny Jesse Roman Jr. (DDN 6-27-1982) Photo Reservation (4-1-2021)

Author: district attorney

Date: 11/16/2021 17:15:13 PM

District Attorney Dan Dow today announced that Johnny Jesse Roman (39) has been sentenced to 25 years in life for his conviction for violent crimes in a house break-in in the countryside of San Luis Obispo in February 2021.


The accused’s convictions and today’s sentence are the result of an incident on February 13, 2021 in which Roman forced entry into the residence of an elderly victim, tied up the victim and stole thousands dollars in cash in the residence and a vehicle parked outside. After Roman fled the scene, the victim remained tied up in her residence for several hours until she was found by a family member. Roman then fled California and was arrested in Virginia in March 2021, after which he was extradited and returned to San Luis Obispo County.

On October 19, 2021, Johnny Jesse Roman Jr. (DDN 6-27-1982) argued without question all of the charges against him, including one count of residential burglary, one count of first-degree residential theft and one count of Grand Theft. Automotive. . His crimes were committed against a 75-year-old woman residing in a rural part of San Luis Obispo under the jurisdiction of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff. Roman also admitted that he had previously been convicted of two violent felonies under California’s three-strike law. Those previous convictions were: residential burglary in 2005 and robbery in 2006. His advocacy for the current crimes and his admission of previous “strike” convictions sent him to a maximum sentence of 41 years in life.

Today, November 16, 2021, the designated prosecutor and the probation service, in their sentencing report, argued for the judge to impose the maximum sentence due to the violence against the elderly woman and the similarity of the Roman’s previous convictions for violent offenses. There was no plea agreement between the accused and the public prosecutor’s office. On the contrary, the defendant did not contest all the charges in the hope of obtaining leniency from Judge Jesse J. Marino. Judge Marino exercised his discretion to hand down a lesser sentence by overturning the additional 16 years in prison permitted by California law for those convictions.

“Violent crimes committed by career criminals against vulnerable victims deserve particularly severe penalties,” said District Attorney Dan Dow. “Our office takes seriously the obligation to protect our community through aggressive and fair prosecutions of crime while protecting the rights of victims of crime. We will continue to advocate for harsh sentences in cases like this to prevent future crimes by a particular accused and to deter others from committing similar crimes.

The case was investigated by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the District Attorney’s Office investigative office and continued by Deputy District Attorney James Graff -Radford.

Click here to view a copy of the billing document. Click here to view a copy of the defendant’s photo.

Please contact Assistant District Attorney Eric J. Dobroth at 805.781.5819 with any questions.

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David C. Barham