Pruitt Won't Tell Partner In Family Dollar Holdup; Gets Extra 2 Years In Federal Prison

Monday, January 13, 2014
Brian Jay Pruitt
Brian Jay Pruitt

A youth who was arrested a short time after the holdup of the Family Dollar on East Third Street on Sept. 26, 2012, will be serving an extra two years in federal prison because he declined to tell federal agents the name of the other person involved in the armed robbery.

Federal Judge Sandy Mattice sentenced Brian Jay Pruitt to nine years in federal prison. Pruitt, who was 19 at the time of his arrest, had been offered seven years if he had cooperated.

Judge Mattice said he did not know Pruitt's motivation for not telling, saying one reason might be that "he is afraid of getting killed."

In the incident, employees said two black males entered the store and pointed pistols toward them. Some $1,000 in cash was placed inside a yellow Family Dollar plastic bag and the pair ran out with the money.

Police quickly set up a perimeter near the store, including the use of K-9 dogs.

Pruitt, of Milne Street, was found hiding behind a house on Sharp Street. The bag of cash was on the ground beside him. A gray sweatshirt and a .45 caliber handgun were nearby.

The other robber got away and is still at large.

It was the first arrest for Pruitt, who had no offenses in Juvenile Court either.


New Hiener Book Of Historic Chattanooga Photos Available At Zarzours

The new Paul Hiener Historic Chattanooga Photos book published by Chattanoogan.com is available at Zarzours Restaurant. Zarzours is located on the Southside on Rossville Avenue behind the Main Street Fire Hall #1. Mr. Hiener, a longtime Chattanooga printer and lifelong resident, collected over 3,000 historic pictures of his beloved hometown. He made some of the photos ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ARMOUR, ADRIENE  1052 S SEMINOLE APT B CHATTANOOGA, 37412  Age at Arrest: 48 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County VIOLATION OF PROBATION (POSSESSION OF COCAINE FOR --- BOSTIC, DAVID ELIJAH  4357 MOUNTVIEW DR CHATTANOOGA, 37411  Age at Arrest: 24 years old Arresting Agency: ... (click for more)

An Open Letter To Tennessee Electors Of The President - And Response (2)

This an open letter to the following people who are Tennessee's presidential electors this year: Joey Jacobs (Brentwood), Beth Scott Clayton Amos (Nashville), Jason Mumpower (Bristol), Susan Mills (Maryville), Liz Holiway (Harriman), Lynne Davis (Lascassas), Tom Lawless (Nashville), Mike Callahan (Monterey), Pat Allen (Clarksville), Shannon Haynes (Alamo), and Drew Daniel (Memphis).  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: You Can’t Sue You

The Hamilton County School Board will convene an hour earlier tomorrow to discuss “facilities” and the question of the hour is “Which ones?” Several communities are actively studying pulling away from the county’s Department of Education and the stew is thickening by the day. Now comes the revelation that school board attorney Scott Bennett has sent an email to the town of Signal ... (click for more)

Top-Ranked Bradley Uses Fast Start To Beat Baylor

There’s no question that the Bradley Bears are ranked first in the initial state wrestling poll and they proved they deserve to be in that top spot following a 43-30 victory over the Baylor Red Raiders. Baylor is ranked fourth in that first poll and will surely be a force to be reckoned with in Division II as the season progresses, but the Bears are head and shoulders ahead after ... (click for more)

Run-And-Gun Tyner Shoots Down Red Bank 71-33

Tyner opponents better batten down the hatches if the Rams ever iron out their half-court offensive struggles. Even without that weapon showing up Tuesday night, the Rams showed they have a run-and-gun assault that can bury an opponent under an avalanche of points. And their defense is as tenacious as ever. Tyner outscored Red Bank 15-0 to start the second quarter ... (click for more)