Gant found guilty of violent robbery

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Bedford County man is set to be sentenced next month after a jury found him guilty of a 2010 armed robbery last week.

Michael Tyrone Gant will be sentenced on Sept. 17 after being convicted last Thursday of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony, and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

Gant was indicted in January of the charges and told Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler at the time he did not know why he was in court or what he was being charged with after being brought to court by the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

According to assistant district attorney Mike Randles, the jury deliberated for an hour, finding Gant guilty of all counts of the indictment. Randles represented the state while Gant was represented by the public defender's office.

Gun to head

The victim in the case, Bobbie Hendrix, testified that Gant came to her home with Danielle Jeffery on the morning of June 22, 2010 brandishing a black pistol.

Gant pointed the gun at Hendrix demanding money and pills, ordering her to the floor, and holding the pistol to her head. He took approximately 70 pain pills, $180-$200, and a cell phone.

Gant was on parole at the time of the robbery and had just been released from prison in March 2010, where he was serving time for four aggravated robberies, two felony jail escapes, and an aggravated burglary.

Many convictions

Randles said that in addition to those felony convictions, Gant has convictions for attempt to commit a felony and second degree burglary in Bedford County and receiving stolen property conviction in Marion County.

Gant also has an aggravated robbery charge pending in Coffee County, Randles stated.