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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Arkansas

Friday, February 16, 2018

West Memphis Gang Member Sent to Prison for More Than 17 Years for Illegal Gun Possession

LITTLE ROCK—Cody Hiland, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and Jeffrey Reed, Resident Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), announce that late Thursday multi-convicted felon Marvin Meux, 45, of West Memphis, was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison for his illegal possession of a firearm.

A federal Grand Jury charged Meux with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm on June 18, 2016, and he pleaded guilty to that count on August 25, 2017. On February 15, 2018, United States District Court Judge James M. Moody, Jr., sentenced Meux to 210 months (17.5 years) in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

Meux was originally arrested by state authorities on October 21, 2015, after West Memphis police officers were dispatched to an area in West Memphis where two subjects were allegedly being held at gunpoint while attempting to repossess a car registered to Meux. While repossession employees were attempting to hook up the car, Meux jumped into the driver’s seat and drove off in the vehicle, with one of the employees still in the passenger seat. After fleeing a short distance, Meux drove back to his residence. After the employee exited Meux’s vehicle he saw Meux running towards him with a small black gun. The two repossession employees then got into their truck and drove away, while Meux was pointing the gun at them.

During a search of the residence West Memphis police officers located an SKS assault rifle and a .38 caliber revolver. Meux is identified as a member of a gang known as the Gangster Disciples in West Memphis. Judge Moody sentenced Meux pursuant to the Armed Career Criminal Act statute, which mandates enhanced penalties if the defendant had previously been convicted of three or more violent offenses or serious drug offenses.

The investigation was conducted by the West Memphis Police Department and the ATF. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Liza Brown and Michael Gordon.

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Updated February 16, 2018