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Suspect pleads guilty in Greeneville to 11 bank robberies

Staff Report • Mar 18, 2010 at 12:00 AM

According to a Morristown Citizen Tribune report Chad Schaffner, 38, of Indianapolis, Indiana, pleaded guilty Wednesday, in Greeneville, to a total of 11 counts of robbery, which included nine banks, one credit union and one retail store.

Schaffner also pled guilty to 11 counts of use of a firearm during these robberies. Details of the guilty pleas are outlined in the six plea agreements on file in United States District Court, Greeneville, Tennessee.

Wednesday’s guilty pleas are in addition to the ones entered by Schaffner in December 2009, to two counts of bank robbery and two counts of use of a firearm during and in relation to a violent crime for the armed robberies of the Community National Bank in Jefferson City, Tennessee, and the First Tennessee Bank in Morristown, Tennessee. Today’s guilty pleas were to robberies committed in the Western District of North Carolina, Eastern District of North Carolina, District of South Carolina, Western District of Kentucky, Southern District of Indiana, and Southern District of Illinois.

Schaffner, who previously pleaded guilty to the robberies in Morristown and Jefferson City, faces a mandatory life sentence for each count and the sentences must be served consecutively.

Read the full report at the Morristown Citizen Tribuen Web site.

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