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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 14, 2022

26-Year-Old Sentenced to 19 Years in Federal Prison for Business Robberies

Memphis, TN – Malik Williams, 26, has been sentencedto 228 months in federal prison for committing 
multiple business robberies.  Joseph C. Murphy, Jr., United States Attorney announced the sentence 
today.

According to court documents and information in the public record, on June 28, 2019, Malik 
Williams, Decardo Moore, and Joshua Beason robbed multiple Memphis-area gas stations. At 
approximately 2 a.m., Williams, Moore, and Beason went to the Murphy Express on Summer Avenue. 
Williams and Beason put a handgun to the side of a store clerk, forced him inside the store, and 
threatened the lives of both store clerks. They took money from the register and fled. Moore served 
as the getaway driver.

Approximately thirty minutes later, Williams and Beason robbed the Exxon on Summer Avenue. They 
brandished firearms and removed the cash drawer before they fled the scene. Moore served as the 
getaway driver. Minutes later, the group participated in a home invasion on the 2000 block of West 
Barbara Circle where a resident, Williams and Moore were shot. All three survived. Charges for the 
home invasion are pending for all three defendants before the State of Tennessee.

Williams went to trial in June 2022 and was found guilty of both business robberies and the use of 
firearms during the robberies.

On September 9, 2022, United States District Judge Sheryl H. Lipman sentenced Williams to 228 
months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. This sentence will be 
consecutive to any sentence obtained by the State of Tennessee for
the pending home invasion charges.

On October 25, 2021, Moore pled guilty to four counts of robbery and four counts of brandishing a 
firearm in relation to a crime of violence. U.S. District Judge Mark S. Norris sentenced Moore to 
life in federal prison plus 21 years’ incarceration.

On May 14, 2021, Joshua Beason was sentenced to 293 months in federal prison. There is no parole in 
the federal system.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force.

Assistant United States Attorney Greg Wagner prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.


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Updated September 14, 2022