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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 17, 2021

Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm Found Guilty

 

Memphis, TN – After a two-day trial, a federal jury has convicted Carl Clarke, 31, for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Acting U.S. Attorney Joseph C. Murphy Jr., announced the guilty verdict today.

According to information presented in court, on June 3, 2018, officers with the Dyersburg Police Department reported to a residence on Cumberland Street after receiving information that Clarke was at that address and had active arrest warrants.

Officers found Clarke and three others seated in the residence with a loaded Black Taurus PT111 G2 9mm handgun on the coffee table. Clarke was arrested on the active warrants and waived his Miranda rights. Officers asked if the handgun was his and he replied, "Yeah, that’s my gun."

Clarke is a convicted felon, having previously been convicted of attempted aggravated robbery, burglary, and aggravated assault. As a result of his prior felony convictions, he is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 10, 2021, before Chief U.S. District Judge S. Thomas Anderson where, if found to be an Armed Career Criminal, he faces not less than 15 years imprisonment.

This case was investigated by the Dyersburg Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christie Hopper and Hillary Parham are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

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Updated June 17, 2021