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Bloods Gang Member Sentenced to Over 39 Years in Prison for Armed Business Robberies

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

Memphis, TN – A Memphis man who robbed two businesses at gunpoint and forced a store clerk to perform a sex act has been sentenced to 477 months (over 39 years) in federal prison. Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the sentencing today.

According to evidence presented in court, in the early morning hours of January 26, 2014, 20-year-old Khalil Davis, a member of the Bloods street gang, entered a Circle K convenience store on Poplar Avenue, masked in a bandana and armed with a firearm. Davis pointed the gun at the store clerk’s face and took money from both the cash register and safe. He then placed the gun to the female clerk’s head and forced her to perform oral sex on him before fleeing the scene.

On the same day, less than an hour later, Davis, along with a co-conspirator, 33-year-old Antonio Griffin, entered the Marathon Gas Station on Poplar Avenue. After Griffin approached the counter to make a purchase, Davis ran behind the counter and put a gun to the store clerk’s head. A struggle ensued between Davis and the clerk while Griffin grabbed money out of the cash register and fled the store. Davis was able to eventually release himself with the gun. As he exited the store, Davis fired one shot at the clerk.

In July 2015, Davis’ co-conspirator, Griffin, pled guilty to one count of committing a robbery affecting interstate commerce and one count of brandishing and discharging a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Samuel H. Mays to a 10-year prison term in November 2015.

In November 2015, a jury convicted Davis on two counts of committing a robbery affecting interstate commerce and two counts of brandishing and discharging a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.

On Thursday, February 25, 2016, Judge Mays sentenced Davis to 477 months imprisonment.

The case was investigated by Safe Streets Task Force and the Memphis Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Samuel Stringfellow and Kevin Whitmore prosecuted this case on the government’s behalf.

Updated February 26, 2016