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Memphis Man Sentenced to 185 Years
in Federal Prison for Armed Robberies

July 2, 2010

Memphis, TN - Anthony E. Scott, age 29, of Memphis, was sentenced in federal court on Friday, July 2, 2010, to a term of imprisonment of 185 years without parole on federal robbery and firearm offenses announced Lawrence J. Laurenzi, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. Scott was convicted after a jury trial of robbing eight (8) businesses in Memphis from January to May 2008; the O'Reilly Auto Parts stores at 275 N. Cleveland and 5099 Yale Road, the Auto Zone stores at 1510 Elvis Presley and 1363 Getwell, the Advance Auto Parts store at 1427 Airways, the Krystal's restaurants at 4395 Elvis Presley and 2663 Mt. Moriah, and the Mrs. Winners restaurant at 5850 Winchester. During these robberies, Scott became known to police as the "Squatter" robber because he would crouch down and duck walk while robbing the businesses to avoid detection from passers-by outside. Scott also disguised himself with a FedEx carrier's jacket during all these robberies. Scott was previously convicted in state court of three (3) 2001 attempted aggravated robberies, being sentenced to 5 years and then released from custody in December of 2004.

Scott was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Jon McCalla.

The investigation of this case was handled by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the Memphis Police Department. Detective Eric Hutchison of the Memphis Police Department was the lead investigator.

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