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Man sentenced to eight years after pleading guilty to State Line Market robbery

John Thompson • Mar 27, 2019 at 8:26 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Four years after he was arrested on a charge of robbing the State Line Market, Brian Keith Kimbrel, 38, has entered a guilty plea in Carter County Criminal Court.

Kimbrel entered the plea Wednesday morning with Judge James Goodwin on the bench. He was defended by Ryan Curtis. Mattew Roark was the prosecutor.

Kimbrel pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and aggravated assault. Goodwin sentenced Kimbrel to serve eight years in prison on each of the two counts, with the sentences to run consecutively. State sentencing law requires that 85 percent of the aggravated robbery sentence be served before the prisoner becomes eligible of parole.

The charges stem from a Feb. 15, 2015, incident at the State Line Market. On that date, two female clerks complained to officers of the Elizabethton Police Department that a man came into the store at 6 a.m. and bought lottery tickets.

The clerks told police that the man remained inside the store until 8 a.m. At that time, they said he told them he did not have any more money, but still demanded more lottery tickets. When the clerks refused to give him any tickets, they said he became upset and pulled a black knife from his pants pocket.

One of the clerks said the man pointed the knife at her and demanded lottery tickets and money. She said he then walked behind the counter and forced the other clerk to open the register. They said Kimbrel began grabbing cash out of the register and took approximately six $25 Multiplier Spectacular lottery tickets. The clerk told police she estimated the man took around $230 in cash. The clerks said he then left in a green Ford Explorer.

A green Ford Explorer and a man fitting the description given by the clerks was quickly located at Lynnridge Apartments. The man was found to have $245 in cash in his pockets and five $25 Multiplier Spectacular lottery tickets in his possession. A black folding pocket knife was also found in his pocket.

Police identified the man as Kimbrel and arrested him on the aggravated robbery charge.

Goodwin dismissed four other charges Kimbrel was facing: resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, possession of schedule VI drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. On a charge of failure to appear, Kimbrel was placed on two years probation, consecutive to the prison sentence.

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