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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Department of Justice

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


NEWPORT RESIDENTS FACE FEDERAL CHARGES FOR ROBBING DANDRIDGE WAFFLE HOUSE WITH A FIREARM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn -- A federal grand jury in Knoxville, Tennessee, returned a three-count indictment on September 21, 2010, against Michael E. “Snake” Robinson, 50, and Monica Denton, 37, both of Newport, Tennessee, charging them with the armed robbery of a Waffle House in Dandridge, Tennessee.

The indictment alleges that on September 20, 2010, Robinson and Denton, aided and abetted by one another, robbed the Waffle House located on South Highway 92 in Dandridge, Tennessee, at approximately 2:15 a.m., During the robbery, Robinson is alleged to have brandished a firearm. Both are also charged with being previously convicted felons in possession of a firearm.

If convicted, Robinson and Denton each face up to 20 years in prison for the robbery of the Waffle House, a minimum of seven years and up to life in prison for brandishing the firearm during the robbery, and up to 10 years in prison for being previously convicted felons in possession of a firearm.

This indictment is the result of an investigation by the Dandridge Police Department, Newport City Police Department, and Cocke County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly Norris will represent the United States.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment constitutes only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until his or her guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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