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Appeals Court upholds Bryant conviction

Published: 10:17 AM, 07/09/2013 Last updated: 10:18 AM, 07/09/2013

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld Ricky Vernon Bryant's conviction on robbing the Cosby branch of the National Bank of Tennessee with a rifle, and getting away with $260,000, on Sept. 27, 2010.

Bryant appealed his conviction, contending that the U.S. District Court in Greeneville erred in denying his motion for acquittal based upon alleged insufficiency of the evidence, the Sixth Circuit Court stated in its ruling.

The Court also found "no merit" in Bryant's claim that the federal District Court in Greeneville erred in imposing a sentence above the guideline range set forth in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The court, therefore, in U.S.A. v. Ricky Vernon Bryant, upheld the conviction and sentencing for charges of bank robbery and brandishing a firearm "during and in relation to a crime of violence."

The Appeals Court decision on Monday, July 8, notes that following a grand jury indictment, Bryant was convicted following a trial by jury.

For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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