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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Tennessee

Monday, September 10, 2018

Craig Fine Sentenced to 153 Months in Federal Prison for Armed Robbery of First Tennessee Bank

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On September 10, 2018, Craig, Fine, 48, of Knoxville, Tennessee, was sentenced by the Honorable Thomas Phillips, Senior U.S. District Judge, to serve 153 months in federal prison for armed bank robbery and brandishing and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.  Upon his release from prison, he will be supervised by U.S. Probation for three years.  Fine was also ordered to pay $10,417.44 in restitution.

Details of the robbery can be found in the criminal complaint and supporting affidavit on file with the U.S. District Court.  According to the affidavit, in March 2018, Fine entered the First Tennessee Bank on Merchants Drive in Knoxville with a firearm and demanded money from the bank teller.  During the incident, Fine discharged a firearm.  Additionally, he pointed the firearm directly at the victim teller and customers inside the bank.  Before leaving the bank, Fine also claimed to have a pipe bomb.

This case was the result of an investigation by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, which consists of FBI Special Agents, Knox County Sheriff’s Deputies, and Knoxville Police Department Officers. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kelly A. Norris and Cynthia Davidson represented the United States in court proceedings.


Violent Crime
Sharry Dedman-Beard Public Information Officer 865-225-1671
Updated September 10, 2018