Memphis, TN – Jenico Burrus, 29, has been sentenced to 105 months in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm after a misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence. Acting U.S. Attorney Joseph C. Murphy Jr., announced the sentence today.
According to information presented in court, on June 13, 2020, Memphis Police officers responded to an aggravated assault on Eastwind Drive. The victim advised that she and Jenico Burrus were in an argument when he pulled a black handgun from his waistband, pointed it at her and threatened to kill her. When law enforcement arrived, Burrus fled the scene through an apartment complex, jumped over a fence and threw the gun in the parking lot. Burrus was later found hiding behind a building near W. Foronia Square. The gun recovered was a Glock .45 caliber pistol, loaded with one live round in the chamber and 6 rounds in the magazine.
Prior to his arrest, Burrus had an outstanding warrant for domestic assault with bodily harm, two prior felony convictions for aggravated assault in 2015, and two prior convictions for misdemeanor domestic violence in 2013. As a result of his prior felony convictions, the defendant is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.
On December 3, 2021, U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Parker sentenced Burrus to 105 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, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Task Force. The Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative is 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.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Raney Irwin prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.