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Dale Walker Johnson was sentenced October 9, 2012, to serve 200 months in federal prison for his role in the April 2010 robbery of Consumer Credit Union on West Andrew Johnson Highway.

Other individuals involved with Johnson in this robbery were sentenced previously. Joseph Smallwood, 31, of Speedwell, Tenn. admitted that he aided and abetted Johnson in the robbery of Consumer Credit Union and put in jeopardy the life of another person by the use of a firearm. He was sentenced to serve 90 months in prison. Jennifer Smallwood, 31, of Speedwell, Tenn., pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact of bank robbery and was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison. Vanessa Patridge, 26, of Gatlinburg, Tenn. pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact of bank robbery and was sentenced to serve 21 months in prison. There is no parole in the federal system.

Johnson’s arrest comes as a combined effort between the Morristown Police Department’s patrol and investigation divisions. Subsequent investigation efforts of the Morristown Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the US Attorney’s office in Greeneville led to the conviction of Johnson and his co-defendants.

In a separate release from the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney Bill Killian commended the Morristown Police Department and FBI for their investigation of this violent robbery. He noted that this robbery was related to the abuse of prescription drugs. “We continue to see an increase in violent crime committed by individuals trying to support an addiction to oxycodone and other opiates. Our office will continue to work with federal, state and local officers to deal with this threat to our communities,” stated U.S. Attorney Killian.

This case was submitted for federal prosecution as part of Morristown Police Department’s participation in Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a comprehensive national strategy that creates local partnerships with law enforcement agencies to effectively enforce existing gun laws.