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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Department of Justice

Acting United States Attorney Gregg L. Sullivan Eastern District of Tennessee


GREENEVILLE, Tenn --Shannon Cavin, 37, of Rogersville, Tennessee, entered pleas of guilty on July 22, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Greeneville, to the robberies of the Kingsport Press Credit Union in Church Hill, on April 23, 2009; Dot and Rick’s Market in Surgoinsville, on April 24, 2010; a Roadrunner Market in Kingsport, on April 27, 2010; and Peoples Community Bank in Fall Branch, on April 28, 2010. Sentencing has been set for February 7, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in United States District Court in Greeneville.

Cavin faces a term of up to 20 years in prison on each count, fines of up to $250,000 on each count, and restitution.

On April 23, 2009, Shannon Cavin entered the Kingsport Press Credit Union, in Church Hill, Tennessee and slid a note across the counter that ordered the teller to give him the money. Cavin grabbed the money and the note, left the credit union through the front door, and left the bank parking lot in an older model Nissan Sentra. The robbery was recorded on video surveillance. The Credit Union was insured by the National Credit Union Administration Board.

On April 24, 2010, Cavin entered Dot and Rick’s Market, Surgoinsville, Tennessee, a business involved in purchasing goods in interstate commerce. He approached the counter with one hand in his hoodie pocket and showed the female clerk a note saying, “Give me the money and nobody gets hurt.” The clerk gave Cavin the money from the register and he left the store, got into a small, black Nissan car and left. The robbery was captured on video.

On April 27, 2010, Shannon Cavin entered the Roadrunner Market located in Kingsport, Tennessee, a business involved in purchasing goods in interstate commerce. He had both hands in his pocket until he handed the clerk a note that said give me all your money, you are being robbed. Cavin then told the clerk, “I am serious.” The clerk gave him a stack of money and he walked out of the store. The robbery was recorded on video tape.

On April 28, 2010, Shannon Cavin entered Peoples Community Bank, in Fall Branch, Tennessee. He approached the teller window and handed the teller a note that demanded all the money. After taking the money, Cavin left the bank through the front door and walked away. This bank was insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

On May 11, 2010, a four-count indictment, which included the aforementioned charges, was returned against Cavin by a federal grand jury sitting in Greeneville, Tennessee. This indictment was the result of an ongoing investigation by Kingsport Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, the Church Hill Police Department, the Surgoinsville Police Department, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert M. Reeves is representing the United States.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a comprehensive national strategy that creates local partnerships with law enforcement agencies to effectively enforce existing gun laws. It provides more options to prosecutors, allowing them to utilize local, state, and federal laws to ensure that criminals who commit gun crime face tough sentences. PSN gives each federal district the flexibility it needs to focus on individual challenges that a specific community faces.

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