DA: Gang member convicted of pistol-whipping Knoxville store clerk

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A man the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office says is a Crips gang member was convicted Tuesday of brutally pistol-whipping a dollar store employee during a robbery in 2017.

Charles Bernard Griffin, 41, was convicted of especially aggravated robbery and unlawful possession of a weapon.

During the two-day trial, prosecutors said on June 8, 2017, Griffin pulled out a gun and demanded money from a clerk at the Dollar General on McCalla Avenue. While the clerk was trying to open the cash drawer, they say Griffin bludgeoned the victim numerous times with the gun and left with the entire cash drawer.

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The victim was taken to UT Medical Center where he had to undergo facial reconstruction surgery.

Griffin has eight prior felony convictions that include aggravated robbery and aggravated assault.

Sentencing is set for May 3. Griffin faces 40 to 60 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

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