Knoxville Judge Sentences 22-Year-Old To 100 Years In Federal Prison For Armed Robbery Spree

Monday, March 03, 2014

A Knoxville judge on Monday sentenced a 22-year-old man to serve 100 years in federal prison for his involvement in 10 armed robberies.

Tyler James Schaeffer, of Seymour, Tenn., was sentenced by Judge Thomas Varlan. 

On top of that, Schaeffer will be returned to Sevier County authorities to stand trial for a deadly automobile collision which occurred on Sept.

16, 2012, as well as a burglary charge.

Last May, a jury convicted Schaeffer of three counts of brandishing a firearm during three robberies of businesses and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a methylone trafficking conspiracy. 
 

Prior to those convictions, in April 2013, Schaeffer pleaded guilty to a series of seven armed robberies, as well as the methylone trafficking conspiracy, that occurred between July 2010 and September 2012. 

Based on the proof available at the time of trial, the government pursued firearms charges in connection with three of the seven robberies, as well as the methylone trafficking conspiracy.  The jury convicted Schaeffer of each of those four firearms-related counts.

Jerel Bray-Sean Johnson, 20, of Knoxville, and Rodney James Ruffin, 22, of Sevierville, also pleaded guilty to related robbery, drug trafficking and firearms charges, and did not go to trial with Schaeffer. Sentencing for Johnson is scheduled for May 2.  Ruffin is scheduled to be sentenced on April 16.
 
Law enforcement agencies participating in the joint investigation which led to indictment, conviction and today’s sentencing of Schaeffer included the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, KPD, Office of District Attorney General James B. Dunn, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, Sevierville Police Department, Blount County Sheriff’s Office, and Alcoa Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kelly A. Norris and Tracy L. Stone represented the United States at trial.
 

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