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August 7, 2012

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee


Kevin Andrew Beets And Ulysses Van Keys Indicted For Armed Pharmacy Robbery

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A federal grand jury in Knoxville returned a two count indictment on August 7, 2012, against Kevin Andrew Beets, 29, of Corryton, Tenn., and Ulysses Van Keys, 30, of Corryton, Tenn., for armed pharmacy robbery.

The indictment alleges that Beets and Keys aided and abetted by one another robbed the CVS Pharmacy on August 5, 2012. The indictment further alleges that Beets and Keys used and brandished a firearm during a violent crime.

If convicted, Beets and Keys face a term of up to 20 years in prison for the pharmacy robbery and an additional minimum mandatory of seven years and up to life for using and brandishing a firearm during a violent crime.

This indictment is the result of an investigation by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Knox County Sheriff's Department, and Knoxville Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia F. Davidson 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.

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