KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knoxville man pleaded guilty Monday to having committed 13 robberies between March 2009 and November 2014, during one of which he shot an employee of a Hardee’s restaurant.
Stephen Thompson, 25, pleaded guilty to two counts of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of discharging a firearm during a robbery. Sentencing is scheduled for July 8, however as part of his plea agreement, Thompson agreed to a term of 30 years in prison followed by a term of supervised release. He will also be ordered to pay restitution. The sentence is still subject to approval by Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Varlan. There is no parole in the federal court system.Previous story:Knoxville man indicted in 2009 restaurant robbery, shooting
According to a release from U.S. Attorney William C. Killian, Thompson admitted to 13 robberies, during each of which he wither brandished a firearm or an object that appeared to be a real firearm.
The robberies he admitted to are as follows:
- March 2, 2009 – Sport Seasons on Kingston Pike
- September 14, 2009 – Kentucky Fried Chicken on Cedar Bluff Road
- October 9, 2009 – Chuck E. Cheese on Kingston Pike
- November 9, 2009 – Pizza Hut on Kingston Pike
- November 10, 2009 – Hardee’s on Western Avenue
- February 14, 2010 – Captain D’s on Merchant Drive
- July 21, 2010 – Hardee’s on Chapman Highway
- August 5, 2010 – Kentucky Fried Chicken on North Broadway
- October 17, 2010 – Pizza Hut on Cedar Lane
- May 16, 2013 – Wendy’s on Kingston Pike
- September 3, 2013 – Wendy’s on North Broadway
- August 11, 2014 – Petro’s Chili & Chips on Kingston Pike
- October 25, 2014 – Subway on N. Cedar Bluff Road
During the November 2009 Hardee’s robbery, Thompson shot an employee in the chest before fleeing with money from the restaurant.Previous story:Suspect sought, manager wounded in Knox fast food robbery
This case was the result of an investigation by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, which consists of FBI Special Agents, Knox County Sheriff’s Deputies, and Knoxville Police Department Officers.