26.4.26 Foundation founder to take plea deal

Robbie Bruce
Robert (Robbie) Bruce (Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Federal prosecutors plan to settle the six count wire fraud indictment against Robbie Bruce without going to trial, according to a consent motion for continuance of jury selection filed earlier this month.

The motion was filed on the same day jury selection was set to start in Bruce’s case in Connecticut.

A federal grand jury indicted Bruce in February of 2015.

Bruce started the 26.4.26 Foundation for runners to raise money in memory of the 26 victims of the Newtown, Conn. shooting that killed 20 children and six educators.

Co-founder Ryan Graney told News 2 she could not account for $70,000 raised through various events.

News 2 first started investigating the claims, and after our stories, the federal government launched its own investigation. That culminated in a six count indictment for wire fraud against Bruce.

According to the consent motion the “parties have reached a non-trial resolution.”

Bruce is expected to be in court in New Haven, Conn. on May 12 at 10 a.m. to change his plea from not guilty to guilty.

Requests for comment from Bruce’s attorney, Todd Bussert, were not immediately returned.

The details of the “non-trial resolution” have not been made public.

Bruce faces up to 120 years in prison for the six counts of wire fraud.

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