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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Armed Felon Who Led Police On Interstate Chase Sentenced To 96 Months

Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that James Marcus Lloyd, III, age 41, from Charleston, South Carolina was sentenced today by the Honorable Leslie J. Abrams, United States District Judge in Macon, Georgia.  Mr. Lloyd was sentenced to 96 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was convicted by jury on March 4, 2015. This is his third federal conviction-he was previously convicted in federal court of cocaine distribution in 2000 and being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2005.          

On June 24, 2013, Mr. Lloyd was stopped by a deputy with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office on Interstate 20 for several traffic violations. As the deputy stepped from his police car, Mr. Lloyd drove off, leading the police on a high-speed chase. During the chase, which reached speeds of 95 miles per hour, Mr. Lloyd passed numerous vehicles in the emergency lane, including semi-trailer tanker trucks. Eventually, Mr. Lloyd abandoned his car in the median of the Interstate and fled on foot before being caught and arrested by the police. In the path that Mr. Lloyd ran, a short distance from his car, the police found a loaded semi-automatic 9mm pistol.

“Mr. Lloyd seems determined to be armed, with this being his second federal conviction for this offense,” said U.S. Attorney Michael J. Moore. “He is also dangerous, putting in jeopardy the lives of himself, the officers trying to apprehend him, and anyone who had the misfortune to be on the road at the time of his latest arrest. He is precisely the sort of person this statute was passed to protect us against. It is good to know society will be free of the threat he poses for the next eight years.”

The case was investigated by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). Assistant United States Attorneys Tamara Jarrett and Peter Leary prosecuted the case on behalf of the Government.

Inquiries regarding the case should be directed to Pam Lightsey at the United States Attorney’s Office at 478-752-3511.

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Updated June 9, 2015