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Carjacking Defendant Sentenced To 320 Months Incarceration

January 10, 2012

Memphis, Tenn. - Travis Bowdery, also known as Bobby Savage and “Grandpa,” age 32, of Memphis,
Tennessee, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge S. Thomas Anderson to 320 months
incarceration, announced Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western District of

On September 15, 2007, Bowdery and his co-defendant, Lawrence Harper, robbed and carjacked their
victim in the parking lot of the Silver Spoon night club and restaurant, 6063 Mt. Moriah, absconding with
several-thousand dollars worth of jewelry and a 2006 Cadillac DTS. Bowdery also attempted to bribe the
victim of the carjacking by offering the return of the jewelry taken during the robbery in exchange for the
victim’s false testimony misidentifying Bowdery as the carjacker, and threatened another witness to falsely accept responsibility for possessing the firearm used during the commission of the robbery.

On February 22, 2011, Bowdery was convicted of five counts of a six-count indictment after a seven day
trial. Those charges include Bowdery being a felon in possession of a firearm, carjacking, aiding and
abetting, obstruction of justice, witness tampering and carrying and using a firearm during and in relation
to a crime of violence. Harper was sentenced to 204 months incarceration in May of 2011 before Judge

This case was investigated by the Safe Streets Task Force which is comprised of investigators from the
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Memphis Police Department, Bartlett Police Department, Germantown
Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United
States Attorney Justin L. Bailey on behalf of the government.

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