An Elkhart man was sentenced Thursday for robbing Low Bob’s in Warsaw at gunpoint in 2015.

Johnathan Michael Evans, 34, was sentenced to nine years in the Indiana Department of Corrections.

The level 3 felony sentence is concurrent to sentences Evans received in other counties in other cases. By the time he’s served all his jail time, including the sentence he received Thursday, Evans may not be released from prison until 2037.

Kosciusko County Superior Court I Judge David Cates give Evans 183 days of actual jail time credit and told him he is to have no contact with his victim in the robbery. He also must pay restitution of $800 to Low Bob’s.

As part of Evans’ plea deal, charges of possession of a firearm by a serious violent felony, a level 4 felony; intimidation with a deadly weapon, a level 5 felony; and theft, a level 6 felony, were dismissed.

Evans pleaded guilty to one charge of level 3 robbery on Jan. 10 in Cates’ court.





At about 2:53 p.m. June 18, 2015, Warsaw Police Department officer Jason Dobbins responded to an armed robbery at Low Bob’s Discount Tobacco.

An employee told Dobbins that a black man – later identified as Evans – entered the store and was talking on his cellphone. He looked around and asked for two boxes of cigarettes. The employee retrieved them, and as she turned around to ring them up, Evans was pointing a handgun at her and told her to open the register or he would shoot her.

After the employee told Evans she could not open the register, he told her to get on the floor. She then told him how to get cash out of a second register. He took about $800 from it and told her not to get up or he would kill her. Then he left.

In court Thursday, Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Brad Voelz said that in less than a week in June 2015, Evans tooks actions on several occasions that changed lives and changed his life forever.

Since that time, Voelz said, Evans has treated the judicial system with respect. However, he said the employee at Low Bob’s was traumatized by the robbery and he wants her to know that the person who did it can’t do it to her again.

Antony Garza, Evans’ attorney, noted Evans has taken responsibility for what happened.

Asked by Cates if he had his own comment, Evans declined.