Jackson, TN – Cheryl Freeman Steward, age 52, of Henderson, Tennessee, pled guilty today to charges related to the murder of Captain Dennis Cagle. Freeman pled guilty to two counts of attempted robbery affecting commerce, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951, and a convicted felon that was prohibited from possessing a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(a)(6) and 924(a)(2) of the superseding indictment, announced Edward L. Stanton III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.
The charges stem from the December 10, 2009, attempted robbery of the Save-A-Lot grocery store in Henderson, Tennessee committed by Cheryl Steward's husband Ricky Stewart. Ricky Stewart fired upon officers who responded to the robbery in progress, including Henderson Police Captain Dennis Cagle, who later succumbed to the injuries he received from a gunshot wound. Cheryl Steward will be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge J. Daniel Breen on November 30, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
The case was investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the ATF, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Henderson Police Department and the Chester County Sheriff's Office. District Attorney General Jerry Woodall and Assistant District Attorney Jody Pickens served as special counsel in this case. Assistant United States Attorney Victor L. Ivy prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.