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Armed Carjacker Sentenced to Over 20 Years as a Career Offender

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

Memphis, TN – Cody Davis, 29, has been sentenced to 262 months in federal prison for carjacking and brandishing a firearm. Acting U.S. Attorney, Joseph C. Murphy, Jr., announced the sentence today.

According to the information presented in court, at approximately 4:00 a.m. on December 21, 2018, the victim, J.G., was asleep in his vehicle in the parking lot of a business on White Station Road, when the suspect approached him and pointed a gun. The suspect took the victim's cell phone, ordered him out of the car, told him to walk around the corner, and then drove off with the victim’s Audi A4. The armed robbery was captured on surveillance video.

The Audi A4 was recovered several days later. In the vehicle was a cell phone that did not belong to the victim. Fingerprints on the cell phone belonged to Davis.

On January 4, 2019, detectives conducted surveillance at the defendant’s residence. While there, detectives observed Davis depart the residence and enter a vehicle. Davis disregarded several traffic signals and was stopped by law enforcement. Detectives recovered a tan Century Arms 9mm pistol under the driver's seat, loaded with 19 rounds of ammunition.

The defendant later waived his Miranda rights and admitted to being a convicted felon, committing the carjacking, and possessing the firearm found in his vehicle.

Further investigation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) determined that the Century Arms 9mm caliber pistol and the Audi A4 were manufactured outside the State of Tennessee.

As a result of his prior felony convictions, including robbery and aggravated burglary, Davis is prohibited by federal law from possession of firearms or ammunition. Further, Davis' prior convictions qualified his status as a Career Offender.

Davis pled guilty on August 19, 2020.

On May 12, 2021, U.S. District Court Judge Mark S. Norris sentenced Davis to 262 months in federal prison to be followed by three years’ supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was investigated by the Memphis Police Department – Violent Crimes Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

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 the purpose of prosecuting violent crimes and firearms offenses in federal court.



Cherri Green
Reentry and Community Outreach Coordinator
(901) 544-4231

Updated May 13, 2021