NASHVILLE- One of the recent additions to the state’s Most Wanted List has been captured tonight.

Rico Derell Sterling, age 24, of Knoxville, was wanted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office for one count of Felony Murder, one count of Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Robbery and one count of Attempted Aggravated Robbery.

At approximately 7:15 PM, officers of the Knoxville Police Department located and arrested Rico Sterling at the River View Park Apartments on River Maple Way in Knoxville without incident. He was transported to the Cocke County jail. Sterling was located due to a tip from the 1-800-TBI-FIND hotline.

On June 1, 2012, Sterling and Thomas were involved in a robbery at 335 Leaf Way in Newport, TN. A third individual, James Michael Brewer, age 27 of Cosby, TN was also present. Brewer went into the residence first and then came outside. Sterling and Thomas went inside the house where a struggle ensued with two victims. The first victim suffered a head injury and was treated and released from the hospital. The second victim died at the scene after sustaining injuries in the struggle. TBI opened an investigation at the request of the District Attorney General James Dunn. On January 9th, 2014, as a result of the TBI investigation and with assistance from the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office, indictments on Sterling and Thomas were returned.

Yesterday, James Brewer was arrested without incident in Newport and transported to the Cocke County jail. He is also charged with Felony Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Robbery and Attempted Aggravated Robbery.

Rico Sterling

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