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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

October 31, 2013

Contact: Special Agent Michael Knight, PIO

(615) 335-7120

Nashville Convicted Felon Sentenced 210 Months in Federal Prison for Possession of a Firearm

Nashville, TN — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced today that on October 29, 2013 Thomas Schroeder, age 36, was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison and 36 months supervised released for possession of firearm by a convicted felon and violation of the Hobbs Act, by United States District Judge A. Trauger.

Jeff Fulton, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Nashville Field Division, said "This joint ATF and MNPD investigation demonstrates the importance of federal firearms laws in prosecuting individuals, like Schroeder, who utilize firearms to commit violent crimes and endanger members of our communities".

The sentencing was a result of the 2010 conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robberies at several local pharmacies while brandishing a firearm during these crimes with the intent of obtaining oxycontin. The last robbery at a pharmacy resulted in Schroeder firing his weapon at a witness while attempting to escape. This was a joint investigation with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.

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