Suspect in deadly Sevier Co. crash sentenced to 100 years

Suspect in deadly Sevier Co. crash sentenced to 100 years on robbery charges

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Tyler Schaeffer (source: Sevier County Sheriff's Office) Tyler Schaeffer (source: Sevier County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The man charged in a deadly 2012 Sevier County crash involving a church van has been sentenced to 100 years in prison on robbery and firearm charges.

Tyler James Schaeffer, 22, was convicted by a jury in 2013 on three counts of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to three robberies of businesses engaged in interstate commerce and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a methylone trafficking conspiracy.

Prior to the conviction, Schaeffer pleaded guilty to a series of seven armed robberies as well as the drug trafficking conspiracy, that occurred from July 2010 to September 2012.

Two others were also charged, but not tried with Schaeffer. Their sentencing dates are still to come.

Schaeffer will now be returned to Sevier County to stand trial for his alleged involvement in a September 2012 fiery crash that killed two people returning from a church retreat.

Tyler Schaeffer was driving the SUV investigators say crossed the center line and hit the church van just south of Seymour.
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