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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 13, 2017

Federal Jury Convicts Man for Robbing Multiple Businesses

Memphis, TN – A Memphis man has been convicted on seven counts of armed robbery affecting interstate commerce. Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the verdict today.

According to information presented in court, during the month of January 2016, Eugene Cox, 23, and Squantivia S. Patterson, 23, both of Memphis; and Terry Farris, 38, of Millington, participated in multiple armed robberies of seven Memphis businesses: Shoney’s, Family Dollar, Krystal’s, Circle K, Church’s, Subway and Beauty and Beyond.

The guilty verdict followed a jury trial before the Honorable Sheryl Lipman, U.S. District Judge. Evidence at trial showed Terry Farris, along with Eugene Cox and Squantivia Patterson committed two robberies together.

On January 13, 2016, the trio robbed the Shoney’s at 308 Covington Pike. Later that evening, the men robbed Circle K at 6133 Macon. Cox and Patterson were captured on surveillance video inside the Circle K, while Farris remained outside of the business and served as the lookout. After the robbery of Circle K, the men parted ways.

On January 14, 2016, Farris robbed Family Dollar at 2711 Getwell and Krystal’s at 3675 Lamar. On January 16, 2016, he robbed Church’s at 925 Poplar. That same day, Cox and Patterson robbed Subway at 2938 Covington Pike. While committed on the same day, the robberies were unrelated. Cox and Patterson committed their last robbery on January 23, 2016, at the Beauty and Beyond beauty supply, 9024 Covington Pike.

As a result of the Memphis Police Department’s investigation, latent prints lifted from the crime scene at Family Dollar were determined to be the same inked impressions belonging to Farris. The investigation also yielded surveillance video from Family Dollar, Krystal’s and Church’s along with victims’ identification of Farris from photo line-ups.

For the seven counts, the penalty is a mandatory minimum of 35 years and up to life in prison. Sentencing is set for May 26, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.

The case was investigated by detectives from the Memphis Police Department’s Safe Streets Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Karen Hartridge and Kevin Whitmore prosecuted this case on the government’s behalf.

Updated February 14, 2017