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Armed Career Criminal Sentenced to 15 Years for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

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

Memphis, TN – Carlos Gwin, also known as “Carlos Chambers,” 40, has been sentenced to 180  months 
in federal prison  for being a  convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Joseph C. Murphy Jr., 
United States Attorney, announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, on September 24, 2020,  at approximately 5:15pm, 
Memphis Police  responded to a  call for  service at a  motel on Sycamore View. Carlos Gwin was 
observed sitting in a black car in the motel parking lot using drugs. After having admitted to law 
enforcement he was using cocaine, he was detained.

A search of the car revealeda small amount of cocaine wrapped in a $20.00 bill and Xanax wrapped in 
foil. A Ruger 9mm caliber pistol was recovered from underneath the driver's seat.  The gun was 
loaded with one live round of ammunition in the chamber and 12 live rounds in the magazine.

In 2002, 2004  and 2008, Gwin pled guilty to felony charges of aggravated burglary and is  
prohibited  from possessing firearms. As  a result of his felony convictions, Gwin was sentenced as 
an Armed Career Criminal under the Armed Career Criminal Act.

On June 29, 2022, United States District Judge Thomas L. Parker sentenced Gwin to 180 months in  
federal prison  with  three years  of supervised release to follow.  There  is  no parole in the 
federal system.

This  case was  investigated by  the  Project  Safe Neighborhood (PSN), Memphis  Police Department  
and  the  Bureau  of  Alcohol,  Tobacco,  Firearms  and  Explosives  (ATF). The PSN initiative is  
a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to  reduce 
violent crime  and make our  communities safer for
everyone. In 2017, PSN was reinvigorated as part of the Department’s renewed focus on

targeting violent criminals, directing all  U.S. Attorney’s  Offices to  work  in partnership
with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement.

Assistant  United  States  Attorney  Raney Irwin  prosecuted this  case  on  behalf  of  the 


Updated July 6, 2022