East Tennessee man gets 32 years for violent crime spree

By News Sentinel staff

KNOXVILLE — An East Tennessee man who admitted carrying out a violent crime spree in four states, including an armed home invasion involving the elderly parents of a Loudon County law enforcer, has been sentenced to 32 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips meted out that punishment for 33-year-old Christopher Ellis of Sunbright, Tenn., at a recent hearing.

Ellis’ confessed crimes including a bank robbery in Kentucky, a carjacking in Alabama, a carjacking and kidnapping in Atlanta and a home invasion in Loudon County in a few short weeks in the fall of 2008.

In the Loudon County case, Ellis confronted a local deputy’s elderly parents in their home, tied them up, beat the husband and took the couple’s car.

More details as they develop online and in Wednesday’s News Sentinel.