Cedar Rapids man accused of robbing cab driver facing federal charge

Published: Apr. 26, 2016 at 1:49 PM CDT
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A Cedar Rapids man is facing a federal charge after authorities said he robbed a cab driver in April 2011.

According to the indictment, 38-year-old Johnathan Mitchell is charged with one count of robbery affecting commerce. Federal prosecutors said Mitchell violently robbed the driver of a Century Cab, taking cash, a purse, and a money bag. They said he used and threatened force and violence.

A Story County jury acquitted Mitchell in October 2013 for first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the homicide of cab driver 54-year-old Cathy Stickley. She was stabbed 18 times in the neck and head on April 29, 2011. Investigators found Mitchell's prints in Stickley's blood in the cab.

During the trial, Mitchell admitted he stole money from Stickley to buy crack cocaine that night but he said she was already dead, lying outside the cab on the ground in the 1500 block alley between Second and Third avenues SE.

Mitchell was the only suspect in the case and the case hasn't been reopened.

If convicted of robbery affecting commerce, Mitchell faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years supervised release

Mitchell is serving a 7 year sentence after pleading guilty in October 2013 to assault causing serious injury, and forgery. A judge handed down the sentence in March 2014.

Mitchell admitted he beat a man with a wooden handled tool in September 2010 at Coe College. The man suffered skull fractures, a large cut on the top of his head, and skin abrasions. He also had to wear a neck brace for several weeks.