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Western District of Tennessee

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm During Domestic Violence Incident Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

Memphis, TN – Richard Mukes, 33, of Memphis has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, on October 5, 2018, Memphis Police officers responded to a domestic violence call on Browning Avenue. The victim advised police that when she tried to end her relationship with her boyfriend, Richard Mukes, he became angry and began making threats towards her. The victim was at home with her mother, niece and nephews at the time. The victim further advised Mukes came to her front door to retrieve his belongings around two o'clock in the morning. When she refused to let him in, he became extremely irate and began beating on the door. Mukes drew a firearm and fired four shots in the air before leaving the residence.

Officers searched the area for Mukes and observed him walking northbound on Pendleton away from the residence. The officers could see Mukes holding a black handgun and gave verbal commands to drop the weapon. Mukes began to flee on foot and then threw the gun on the ground on Pendleton. After a brief chase, officers captured Mukes and the firearm, a loaded Taurus 9mm pistol, was recovered.

Mukes has prior violent felony convictions for aggravated robbery and aggravated assault, and as a result, was prohibited from possessing a firearm pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1).

On January 16, 2020, U.S. District Court Judge Mark S. Norris sentenced Mukes to the maximum statutory penalty, 120 months in federal prison, followed by 2 years supervised release.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, "The presence of a firearm during a crime of domestic violence dramatically increases the chances that the victim or other family members in the household, including children, will be fatally shot. Under our PSN initiative, we focus on removing firearms from the hands of prohibited persons, and removing dangerous felons from our streets. Clearly, this recidivist had no hesitation in committing a violent domestic crime with a firearm, and he will now be removed from the community for 10 years. We are FED UP. Gun Crime is Max Time."

The Memphis Police Department, Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Task Force, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) investigated this case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Raney Irwin prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

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Contact: 
Cherri Green Public Affairs (901) 544-4231 Cherri.Green@usdoj.gov
Updated January 22, 2020