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20-Year-Old Felon Sentenced to 57 Months for Possessing Rifle

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Tennessee

Memphis, TN – Ay’rhogunce Miller, 20, has been sentenced to federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm while under indictment. Acting U.S. Attorney Joseph C. Murphy Jr., announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, on May 22, 2020, the Memphis Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the United States Marshals Service, were working on a fugitive investigation of Ay’rhogunce Miller, also known as "Jacolbi Miller," and another individual who was a relative of Miller. The agents received information that Miller, and the other individual were in an apartment on East Barbara Circle, which belonged to Miller’s girlfriend.

While inside the residence, agents located and detained the other individual, along with Miller. A search of the bedroom revealed an American Tactical MK22 .22 caliber rifle; the serial number had been obliterated and it was equipped with an extended capacity magazine.

Further investigation disclosed that Miller had previously been convicted of felony breaking and entering in the State of Arkansas and was currently on probation. Miller also had outstanding warrants for 1st degree battery in Arkansas. Further, Miller was facing a pending indictment for theft of property – firearm, and possession of a firearm by a felon in Crittenden County Circuit Court, Marion, Arkansas. While in custody in Arkansas, Miller waived his Miranda rights and admitted to possessing the rifle which he purchased the previous week.

As a result of his criminal history, Miller is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.

On August 17, 2021, the defendant entered a guilty plea to both counts of the indictment; being a felon in possession of a firearm and receiving a firearm while under indictment for a felony.

On December 1, 2021, U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Parker sentenced Miller to 57 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. This incarceration is consecutive to his criminal offenses in Arkansas. There is no parole in the federal system.

The Memphis Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the United States Marshals Service investigated this case.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Samuel D. Winnig prosecuted this case on behalf of the government. SAUSA Winnig is currently assigned from the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office for prosecuting violent crimes and firearms offenses in federal court.



Cherri Green
Public Affairs
(901) 544-4231

Updated December 2, 2021