published Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Man found guilty on all counts in post office robbery, kidnapping trial

A federal jury found a man guilty today to all nine counts related to charges that he robbed a Marion County post office and kidnapped an office employee.

Federal prosecutors allege that Michael Lewis Knight stole money orders and cash at gunpoint from the Whiteside, Tenn., post office on May 22, 2010.

After the robbery, prosecutors said, Knight took post office employee Kimberly Cash as a hostage and drove her truck to a creek, where he’d stashed his white Ford sport utility vehicle.

One week later, Knight cashed more than $2,500 in stolen money orders at the Bank of America in Chattanooga and a week after that, he cashed one stolen money order at the BB&T in Athens, Tenn., Brooks said.

Investigators later traced those money orders to the Whiteside robbery.

Prosecutors charged Knight with two counts of bank fraud, two counts of robbery, one count of kidnapping, one count of carjacking, one count of possession of stolen property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and a related charge of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Knight has a sentencing hearing set for July 11.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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