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Memphis couple sentenced to over 30 years for business robberies

Julius Knight (SOURCE: SCSO) Julius Knight (SOURCE: SCSO)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A Memphis couple has been collectively sentenced to more than 30 years in federal prison for a string of business robberies that include various Family Dollar Stores, a Subway, Papa John's, two restaurants, and a Dollar Store.

Julius Knight, 33, faces 28 years in prison for the robberies while and Deidra Mason, 25, faces more than 5 years in prison.

According to Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, the two robbed the businesses between May and June 2015. They would enter the establishments with a weapon and demand money from the cash registers. 

In some of the robberies, Knight used various methods to disguise his identity, which included a red wig, skull cap, or baseball cap, as well as a pantyhose over his face. 

Mason, his girlfriend at the time, was his getaway driver in the robberies.

According to prosecutors, officers stopped a blue Ford Taurus that matched the description of their vehicle on June 2, 2015. Mason was the driver and she had a suspended driver's license. 

After Mason's arrest, Knight is accused of robbing two Church's Chicken locations. 

In April 2016, Mason pleaded guilty to six counts of aiding and abetting Knight during the robbery of a business.

In May 2016, Knight pleaded guilty to six counts of aiding and abetting Mason in the robbery of a business, one count of using a firearm during a robbery, and two counts of robbing a business. 

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