Former Dyer County Sheriff Sentenced To 24 Months Imprisonment
Memphis, Tenn. - Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee,
announced today that on February 22, 2012, Chief United States District Judge Jon Phipps McCalla
sentenced former Dyer County Sheriff Tommy Cribbs to 24 months imprisonment and a fine of $10,000,
following his conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Cribbs was charged in a four count indictment returned on April 28, 2010 by a federal grand jury sitting
in Memphis, Tennessee. The indictment charged that during May and June of 2009, Cribbs, a convicted
felon, possessed a Weatherby .300 Magnum Vanguard and three 12 gauge shotguns in violation of Title
18, United States Code, § 922(g). Section 922(g) makes it a crime for person who has previously been
convicted of a felony to possess or receive a firearm that has moved in interstate commerce. A violation
of this section is punishable by a term of ten years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. On November
16, 2011, Cribbs pleaded guilty to count one of the indictment, which charged him with the illegal
possession of a Weatherby .300 Magnum Vanguard.
The case was investigated by Special Agent Steve Wiley of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives’ Jackson satellite office and Chief Investigator Terry McCreight of the Dyer County Sheriff’s
Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joe Murphy.