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July 27, 2011

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee


THREE-COUNT FEDERAL INDICTMENT RETURNED AGAINST JOSHUA YOUNG FOR ARMED ROBBERY AND BEING A FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - A federal grand jury in Chattanooga returned a three-count indictment on July 26, 2011, against Joshua Young, 27, of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., for the armed robbery of the El Metate Mexican restaurant in Soddy Daisy and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Young has not yet been arraigned on the charges.

The indictment alleges that on April 30, 2011, Young, a previously convicted felon, entered the El Metate Mexican restaurant with a firearm, brandished it, and stole money belonging to the restaurant, which engages in interstate commerce.

If convicted, Young faces a maximum term of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release for the robbery charge. He faces a minimum term of seven years up to a maximum of life in prison, which will run consecutively to any other prison term imposed in the case, a $250,000 fine, and a term of five years of supervised release for brandishing a firearm during the robbery. The maximum punishment for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, is a term of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release, unless Young is determined to be an Armed Career Criminal, which would result in prison term of 15 years up to a maximum of life.

“Persons with felony records, who brandish guns to commit robberies are some of the most dangerous in our society. Thankfully, the Soddy Daisy Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives did a good job of investigating this crime and apprehending the defendant,” said U.S. Attorney Bill Killian.

This indictment is the result of an investigation by the Soddy Daisy Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Neff 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 their guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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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