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CRIME BRIEFS: Smyrna man gets life in prison for murder

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Ricky Lee Stewart III

A 51-year-old Smyrna man who admitted to killing a police captain during an attempted robbery in Chester County was sentenced Thursday to life plus 10 years in federal prison without the possibility of parole.

Ricky Lee Stewart III, who also goes by the last name Steward, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court of West Tennessee for the December 2009 shooting death of Capt. Dennis Cagle, an officer with the Henderson Police Department, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

In October 2011, Stewart pled guilty to one count of first-degree murder, obstructing interstate commerce in attempting to rob the Save-A-Lot in Henderson, using and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

His wife, Cheryl Freeman Steward, pled guilty in September to charges arising from the attempted robbery. Steward, who is from Henderson, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday, Nov. 30, in connection with the case.

Children’s clothes stolen from retailer

An unidentified man stole nearly $400 worth of infant and toddler apparel Wednesday from the Kohl’s department store on Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro.

A loss prevention officer told officers that the man walked into the store just after 4 p.m., placed several name brand items in a large bag, and fled the scene before he could be stopped, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.

The suspect is described as a black male who was wearing a blue shirt and black pants when the theft occurred, and he was last seen leaving the area in a red Ford Taurus.

As of Friday, no one had been arrested or charged in connection with the incident, and the matter remains under investigation.

Several cars burglarized at apartment complex

An unknown number of suspects burglarized numerous vehicles before dawn Wednesday at the Stoneridge Farms at Hillwood apartment complex in west Murfreesboro.

The thefts occurred some time between midnight and 6 a.m. in the 200 block of Hillwood Boulevard, which is located off Franklin Road in the Blackman area.

In total, more than $1,000 worth of property was stolen from seven cars that were parked near the rear entrance of the gated community, according to incident reports on file with the Murfreesboro Police Department.

Among the items listed as stolen include multiple TomTom and Garmin GPS tracking devices, a Vera Bradley case, as well as a Sirius Satellite Radio system. An access card used to enter the security gates was also taken during one of the burglaries.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867.

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