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ATTORNEY GENERAL RECOGNIZES ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS FROM THE
WESTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2011

WASHINGTON – Assistant United States Attorney Jerry Kitchen, David Harmon of the
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Dennis B. Mabry of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and
Mike Perez of the Department of Homeland Security were recognized by Attorney General Eric Holder
and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director H. Marshall Jarrett at the 28th annual
Director’s Awards Ceremony today in Washington, D.C. These individuals received the Director’s
Award for their outstanding work in the prosecution of Orlando Garcia and others involved in the
murder of Tennessee State Trooper Calvin Jenks in January 2007.

The Western District of Tennessee was one of 40 districts represented at the ceremony which
was held in the Great Hall at the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building.

In his prepared remarks, Attorney General Holder told the awardees that they “represent the
very best that this Department has to offer” and that their “work embodies our ongoing commitment –
not merely to win cases, but to do justice; to protect our fellow citizens; to empower the most
vulnerable among us; and to uphold the rule of law.”

“Each day the members of the U.S. Attorneys’ community go to work for the citizens of this
country with one goal in mind – to do everything they can to protect the rights of all Americans,” said
EOUSA Director Jarrett. “I am continually humbled by their resiliency, dedication, and unparalleled
work ethic to accomplish this noble mission. Today’s awardees exemplify what it truly means to be a
patriot and it is an honor to recognize them for their extraordinary service.”

On January 6, 2007, Tennessee State Trooper Calvin Jenks conducted a traffic stop of a silver
Toyota Corolla with a Texas license plate occupied by two males. During the traffic stop, which
occurred on Highway 14 in Tipton County, Trooper Jenks was shot and killed by the passenger,
Alejandro Gauna, who was a minor. Alejandro Gauna and Orlando Garcia then fled the scene. The
investigation of Trooper Jenks’ murder revealed that Gauna and Garcia had traveled from Austin,
Texas to the Western District of Tennessee with approximately three pounds of marijuana that they
intended to sell in Tennessee.

Assistant United States Attorney Kitchen utilized Title 18, United States Code, Section 841 to
secure a conviction against Garcia. Garcia received a sentence of life in federal prison for his role in
the murder of Trooper Jenks. The investigative work conducted by law enforcement officers Harmon,
Mabry, and Perez was instrumental in securing this sentence. Three co-defendants were also
convicted.

United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III stated: “After Tennessee State Trooper Calvin
Jenks was murdered in cold blood during a routine traffic stop, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerry Kitchen,
along with TBI Special Agent David Harmon, DEA Task Force Officer Dennis B. Mabry, and Mike
Perez of the Department of Homeland Security, took swift action to bring to justice the perpetrator of
the crime. I applaud Assistant U.S. Attorney Kitchen and the talented investigative team for receiving
the distinguished Director’s Award in recognition of their tireless efforts and service to the U.S.
Attorney’s Office and their country.”

EOUSA provides oversight, general executive assistance, and direction to the 94 United States
Attorneys’ offices around the country. For more information on EOUSA and its mission, visit
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao.

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