Man Admits to Robbing 2 East Tennessee Banks; Pleads Guilty

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) A Powell man has pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery and a firearms violation.

Shawn Michael Pompa, 28, faces up to 20 years in prison on the bank robbery charge, and up to ten years on the firearms charge, when he is sentenced next year.

Pompa was arrested at a Clinton, Tennessee hotel on October 9th and charged with robbing the Regions Bank in Clinton on that day.

He was also charged with robbing the Y12 Federal Credit Union on Clinton Highway in Knoxville on September 25th.

As part of the plea agreement, one count of bank robbery was dropped.

According to court documents, the firearms violation stems from Pompa lying about his criminal record when he tried to purchase a gun one day after the first bank robbery.

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