Crossville Man Gets 2-Year Federal Sentence For Plan To Rob Chattanooga Bank

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Crossville man has been given a two-year federal prison sentence for planning the robbery of a Chattanooga man.

Marc Edward Kerley was sentenced by Judge Curtis Collier.

Authorities said the FBI was contacted by a man on Dec. 20, 2013, who said Kerley was recruiting him to rob a bank. He said Kerley wanted him to go in the bank, while he (Kerley) would wait outside.

Kerley and the man drove from Crossville to the Hamilton Place area two days later to case out the bank.

Agents said they returned the next day to rob the BB&T Bank on Gunbarrel Road. The FBI was following them and listening to their conversations.

Kerley parked in the Best Buy parking lot, while the other man was suppose to be heading into the bank. Agents then arrested Kerley.

There were several garbage bags in Kerley's truck. It had been planned that the other man would put the money in the bags.

Kerley told Judge Collier he had used "horribly bad judgment."

He asked for mercy in the sentencing, saying he wanted to be out to help his elderly mother and spend time with his high school daughters.

His attorney asked for 15 months, while prosecutor Perry Piper sought 30 months.

The prosecutor said Kerley's son is serving time for the robbery of a bank in Knoxville with a gun. 

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