NASHVILLE- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has two new additions to the state’s Most Wanted List.
Rico Derell Sterling, age 24, and Keith Jamar Thomas, age 25, both of Knoxville, are wanted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office and for one count of Felony Murder, one count of Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Robbery and one count of Attempted Aggravated Robbery.
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 has a last known address of 2214 Virginia Avenue in Knoxville. He is described as an African American male, approximately 5’9” and 162 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.
Keith Thomas has a last known address of 7326 Beech Leaf Road in Knoxville. He is described as an African American male, approximately 5’7” and 156 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.
Sterling has a criminal history of traffic charges. Thomas has a criminal history of traffic, drug and assault charges. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Rico Derell Sterling or Keith Jamar Thomas is urged to call TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463). There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to these arrests.
* Pictured from left to right; Rico Sterling, Keith Thomas, James Brewer