CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- One of the suspects caught while fleeing after an armed holdup of the Pizza Hut restaurant on Stuart Road has been sentenced to just over 18 years in prison.
Cleveland Police Officer Bill Parks was responding to the robbery call, in May 2009, when he spotted the suspects' vehicle that had just left the restaurant. Gunfire from the vehicle occupied by Jeremiah J. Wise and his accomplice, Amanda D. Snyder, both of Henderson N.C., struck inches from Officer Parks in the frame of the drivers door.
Several law enforcement agencies joined the effort to apprehend the suspects that turned into a pursuit through business parking lots along Paul Huff Parkway, but eventually the pair reached I-75. Once on the interstate a Bradley County Sheriff's deputy deployed spike strips, slowing their progress and forcing the vehicle to the side of the highway where Wise attempted to flee on foot.
Both suspects were charged under Federal criminal statutes by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods.
Wise pleaded guilty to committing a Hobbs Act robbery, use of a firearm in a crime of violence, and a felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced this week by U.S. District Court Judge Harry S. "Sandy" Mattice to 225 months in a Federal facility.
Snyder's will be back in Federal court soon.
During investigation of the robbery it was discovered that the suspects took approximately $100 from the pizza restaurant's cash register.