Man sentenced in liquor store robbery

Tyrone Tanks (Source: Campbell County Jail)
Tyrone Tanks (Source: Campbell County Jail)

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - A Cincinnati man has been sentenced for robbing a Florence liquor store.

Tyrone Tanks, 46, was sentenced to nine years in prison for interference with commerce by threat or violence in violation of the Hobbs Act and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

The Hobbs Act is a federal law that prohibits actual or attempted robbery or extortion affecting interstate commerce. Also, under federal law, anyone who is convicted of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence will receive a minimum of seven years in prison.

In addition to the nine-year sentence, the judge also added an additional 34 months because Tanks violated the terms of his supervised release when he committed the crimes.

In April 2010, Tanks pleaded guilty to the charges and admitted that on August 6, 2009, he entered Collette's Liquor Store, brandished a firearm and demanded money. He took $6,874 and left the store in a vehicle driven by a co-defendant.

Prior to committing the crimes, Tanks was on supervised release in Cincinnati for money laundering, attempting to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and unlawful use of a communication facility to facilitate the commission of a felony drug offense.

Under federal law, Tanks must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence, and, upon release, will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for three years.

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