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Case Number: 3:19-cr-00038-MMD-CLB
Judge: Miranda M. Du
Court: United States District Court for the District of Nevada (Washoe County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office
Description: Reno, Nevada criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged for robbing a liquor store and a convenience store at gunpoint in July 2019.
In March 2021, a federal jury convicted Edward Monet Knight, 32, of Reno, of two counts of interference with commerce by robbery and two counts of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Knight already had prior felony convictions, three of which stemmed from incidents where he robbed commercial establishments at gunpoint. On June 25, 2021, Chief U.S. District Judge Miranda M. Du sentenced Knight to 30 days for the two most recent robberies and the statutory mandatory minimum of 14 years for the use of a firearm during those robberies.
According to court documents and evidence presented during trial, on July 7, 2019, Knight racked the slide of a firearm while threatening a clerk at a liquor store in Sparks, Nevada. The next day, on July 8, Knight entered a convenience store and told a clerk: “what do you mean knock it off, with a real gun that’s a good way to get yourself killed.” Knight then pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the clerk and ordered the clerk to give him all the money in the cash register. After Knight fled the store with the stolen money, Sparks Police Department officers responded to the scene. A search of an abandoned vehicle that was seen fleeing the convenience store revealed: a handgun matching the description of the gun used in the robbery; Knight’s identification card; and the stolen money.
Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Patrick Gorman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) made the announcement.
This case was investigated by the ATF and the Sparks Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Megan Rachow and Penelope Brady prosecuted the case.
Outcome: JUDGMENT as to Edward Monet Knight (1), Defendant was found guilty on counts 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the indictment after a plea of not guilty. Defendant is hereby committed to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to be imprisoned for a total term of: 169 MONTHS (30 days as to Count 1, 30 days as to Count 3, Count 3 to be to be served concurrently with Count 1; 84 monthsas to Count 2, to be served consecutively to Counts 1, 3 and 4; 84 months as to Count 4, to be served consecutively to Counts 1, 2 and 3.) Upon release from imprisonment, Defendant will be on supervised release for a term of: 3 years as to Counts 1 and 3; 5 years as to Counts 2 and 4; All to be served concurrently. Mandatory, standard and special conditions of supervision apply. Assessment: $400.00; Restitution: $2,209.69, due immediately, any unpaid balance shall be paid at a monthly rate no less than 10% of any income earned during incarcerations and/or gross income while on supervision, subject to adjustment based upon ability to pay. Signed by Chief Judge Miranda M. Du on 6/28/2021. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - SC) (Entered: 06/28/2021)