FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - March 17, 2010
MULTI-STATE BANK ROBBER PLEADS GUILTY IN TENNESSEE
RALEIGH - CHAD SCHAFFNER, 38, of Indianapolis, Indiana, entered pleas of guilty today, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in Greeneville, to a total of 11 counts of robbery, which included 9 banks, 1 credit union and one 1 retail store. Additionally, SCHAFFNER pled guilty to 11 counts of use of a firearm during these robberies. Details of today’s guilty pleas by SCHAFFNER are outlined in the six plea agreements on file in United States District Court, Greeneville, Tennessee. Today’s guilty pleas are in addition to the ones entered by SCHAFFNER in December 2009, to two counts of bank robbery and two counts of use of a firearm during and in relation to a violent crime for armed robberies in Tennessee. Today’s guilty pleas were to robberies committed in the Western District of North Carolina, Eastern District of North Carolina, District of South Carolina, Western District of Kentucky, Southern District of Indiana, and Southern District of Illinois.
A Federal Grand Jury in the Eastern District of North Carolina returned a Criminal Indictment on November 19, 2009. On December 14, 2009, consent was given to transfer the case to the Eastern District of Tennessee.
On July 6, 2009, SCHAFFNER robbed the Lumbee Guaranty Bank in Fayetteville, North Carolina. On July 15, 2009, SCHAFFNER robbed the Southern Bank in Edenton, North Carolina. In both robberies he was brandishing a firearm.
After a nationwide manhunt, SCHAFFNER was arrested in Missouri where he admitted to the robberies, telling Federal Bureau of Investigation agents that he began robbing banks to support his drug addiction. SCHAFFNER further admitted to using and brandishing firearms during the course of these robberies, one of which was recovered from a motel room SCHAFFNER occupied.
Sentencing is scheduled for December 8, 2010, in the United States District Court in Greeneville, Tennessee.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Fayetteville Police Department and the Edenton Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Murphy represented the government in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rob Reeves represented the United States in the United States District Court in Greeneville, Tennessee. Other Assistant U.S. Attorney’s included Don Gast, Western District of North Carolina; Alston Badger, District of South Carolina; Randy Ream, Western District of Kentucky; Bradley Shepard, Southern District of Indiana; and, Deirdre Durborow, Southern District of Illinois.
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