U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Southern District of Indiana
For Immediate Release
November 5, 2009
Timothy M. Morrison, United States Attorney
Contact: Mary Bippus
Indianapolis Man Sentenced To 22 Years For Robbery
INDIANAPOLIS — Adrian T. Sweatt, 31, of Indianapolis was sentenced to 22 years in prison today by U.S. District Judge Larry J. McKinney following his guilty plea to robbing a local restaurant and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. This case was the result of a investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, the Lawrence Police Department, the Carmel Police Department, and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
On June 19, 2007 a lone gunman robbed a Steak N Shake restaurant. The Lawrence Police Department (LPD) received the 911 call reporting the robbery, and almost simultaneously, a LPD officer observed a vehicle speed away from that same Steak N Shake. After the officer managed to stop the vehicle, Adrian T. Sweatt fled, but was later apprehended. Officers located both a weapon and cash in his vehicle. Restaurant staff later identified him as the robber. During the investigation, Sweatt admitted to robbing area restaurants on at least six occasions, and during each of the robberies, he threatened staff and brandished a weapon.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney James M. Warden, who prosecuted the case for the government, Judge McKinney also imposed five years supervised release following Sweatt’s release from prison. Sweatt was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $1,441.