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Suspect in attempted Bonnaroo ticket robbery found guilty

Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm

A Tullahoma man, charged in connection with a ticket robbery incident at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, is facing up to 14 years in prison after being convicted in Coffee County Circuit Court Friday.

Correll Marcellus Baker, 21, of Tullahoma, was charged with reckless endangerment and robbery after attempting to rob a man selling event tickets.

According to investigators, the vendor, George Panagoulis, was standing at the intersection of highways 41 and 55 selling tickets to the annual event when a car operated by Dru Scott Talley pulled up to the man, with Baker pretending to be interested in purchasing tickets.

The vendor handed tickets to the pair to look at. Talley started to drive off with the man hanging on to Baker, according to the report.

As the men drove off, dragging Panagoulis, Manchester police officer Landon Pence was approaching the area en route to the jail with his care video in operation.

The officer’s car video camera recorded the activity. The officer followed the activity down Highway 55 to J&G Pizza where Panagoulis fell off of the vehicle.

A jury returned a guilty verdict Friday.

According to the district attorney’s office, Baker faces eight to 12 years on the robbery charge and one to two years on the reckless endangerment charge. Circuit Court Judge Vanessa Jackson will sentence Baker on March 14.

Felicia Walkup prosecuted Baker while Kevin Askren was his defense attorney.

Talley is scheduled to go on trial later.

Wayne Thomas may be reached by email at tnrept04@lcs.net