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Man sentenced in Lynn Garden convenience store robbery

Matthew Lane • Jun 19, 2014 at 12:11 PM

KINGSPORT — A 25-year-old Kingsport man has been sentenced to 114 months in federal prison for the November 2012 armed robbery of a Road Runner market.

Jeffrey Scott Kendrick received the nine and a half year prison sentence in U.S. District Court in Greeneville on Monday. Judge Ronnie Greer also sentenced Kendrick to five years supervised release upon completion of his prison sentence and noted the 114 months would run concurrent to any sentence imposed by Sullivan County Criminal Court. Kendrick was indicted on charges of robbery, brandishing a firearm during a robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm. In February, he pleaded guilty to the first two charges and faced a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. According to court records and police reports, Kendrick entered the Road Runner market on Lynn Garden Drive at 1 a.m. on Nov. 16, 2012, pointed a gun at the clerk and fled the scene with approximately $145. In an affidavit filed in Kingsport, the employee recognized the suspect as a "regular customer" and identified him by name. Kendrick was apprehended a short time later and charged with aggravated robbery. The plea agreement states Kendrick purchased the Ruger .22-caliber pistol about two months prior to the robbery and that he had hidden the pistol in a friend's bathroom closet. At the time of his arrest, Kendrick was also charged in state court with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, stemming from a 2009 conviction in Sullivan County.

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