Local man sentenced to over 13 years in prison for Big Orange Market robbery in Bristol

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A local man has been sentenced to over 13 years in federal prison. 
 
Robert Edward Howland, 47, was received the sentence for the 2016 armed robbery of the Big Orange Market in Bristol Tennessee. 
 
Howland originally was sentenced for 155 months for the robbery but received an additional year in prison, which will run consecutively for violating the terms of his supervised release from a prior conviction. 
 
After his release from prison, Howland will be on supervised probation for the remainder of his life. 
 
According to the plea agreement on file from 2016, Howland admitted to robbing the Big Orange Market by using a semi-automatic pistol and pointing it at the clerk. 
 
In addition to the robbery, documents show that Howland attempted to force the clerk into his truck. 
 
Police were able to locate Howland after a four-county pursuit from Bluff City to Jefferson City. 
 
According to investigators, when officers finally stopped Howland, he was holding the same gun he used to rob the store. 
 
At the time of the offense, Howland was on supervised release from a December 2011 conviction by failing to register as a sex offender. 

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