Thursday, January 11, 2001

Acquitted man faces charge

By Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Federal prosecutors have not abandoned their pursuit of a conviction against Roddrick Blackwell, one of four men allegedly involved in a 1999 bank robbery.

        Mr. Blackwell, 22, of Covington was acquitted of all charges stemming from the robbery. He would have faced decades in prison if convicted.

        But on Wednesday, federal prosecutors indicted him on a charge of being an ex-convict in possession of a 12-gauge shotgun when law enforcement officers arrested him at his home in connection with the robbery.

        In 1998, Mr. Blackwell had been sentenced to 61 months in prison for selling cocaine in Kenton County but was granted shock probation.


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