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SALT LAKE CITY — The two men who were found in a car wash after allegedly robbing two businesses in May were charged by a federal grand jury Wednesday.
Manmeet Singh Bhatia, 28, was charged with robbery in connection to the May 14 robbery of Check City and The Smoke House Tobacco Shop in Millcreek, according to the Department of Justice. Officials reported that 41-year-old Marc Conrad Kammerman was charged with robbery, two counts of using a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence and one count of felon in possession of a firearm.
Both men were arrested after a Unified police officer discovered them hiding in a car wash near 2300 East and 2700 South a short time after the two robberies, according to investigators.
The robbery charges, which are violations of the federal Hobbs Act, carry a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison in addition to a $250,000 fine, according to the Department of Justice.
There is potential sentence of life in prison, with a mandatory minimum of seven years, for brandishing a firearm during a violent crime. There is also a potential 10-year sentence for possession of a firearm by a restricted person.