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Armed Career Criminal Sentenced to 188 Months in Federal Prison

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

Memphis, TN – Nathaniel Hall, 54, has been sentenced to 188 months in federal prison for possession of firearm by a convicted felon. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, on April 13, 2018, Memphis Police Officers were patrolling the area of Looney Avenue and Leath Street when they were flagged down by a shooting victim, who told officers that Hall had chased and shot her in the leg. Officers noticed an injury to the victim’s lower right leg. The victim directed officers to a residence at 785 Looney. When officers saw Hall on the balcony of that address, the victim yelled, "That's him."

Officers ordered Hall out of the home and took him into custody. Subsequently, officers recovered an Arminis .38 special caliber revolver that was hidden under a hot water tank in a utility room of the residence. This was determined by investigators to be the same weapon used to shoot the victim.

Hall has previously been convicted on three separate occasions of burglary. He has also has a prior conviction of robbery with a deadly weapon. Because of these previous felony convictions, Hall was determined to be an armed career criminal and subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 180 months.

On July 19, 2019, U.S. District Court Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr., sentenced Hall to 188 months imprisonment followed by 3 years supervised release.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, "Convicted felons who possess firearms are an inherent danger to community, and in this case, Hall was an armed career criminal who continued to commit senseless gun violence despite his prior felony conviction history. There is and ought to be a significant consequence for such recidivist criminal behavior, and this sentence is just punishment for such violent victimization of an innocent citizen. Gun Crime is Max Time."

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods 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 and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.

The case was investigated by the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Task Force, which includes the U.S. Attorney’s Office; the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); the Memphis Police Department; and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, who have all joined together to address gun-related crimes through targeted investigations and aggressive prosecution.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marques Young prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.



Cherri Green
Public Affairs
(901) 544-4231

Updated July 19, 2019