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Defendant in Murder Case Pleads to Felony Firearm Possession

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

Memphis, TN – A defendant allegedly involved in the murder of 7-year-old Kirsten Williams has pled guilty in federal court to a separate charge of unlawfully possessing a firearm. Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the guilty plea today.

According to information presented in court, Jordan Clayton, 22, of Memphis, unlawfully possessed a Glock .40 caliber pistol.

On April 14, 2015, officers with the Multi-Agency Gang Unit went to a tattoo parlor on North Highland to arrest Clayton on other charges. When officers entered the business, they saw the defendant drop a handgun in a filing cabinet. During a search of the tattoo parlor, officers recovered the Glock .40 caliber pistol from the filing cabinet where Clayton was seen dropping it.

On Friday, February 5, 2016, Clayton pled guilty to one count of felony firearm possession.

Clayton is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr. on Thursday, May 5, 2016. He faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.

This case was investigated by the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Task Force, a collective comprised of personnel from the Memphis Police Department; Shelby County Sheriff’s Office; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The PSN Task Force works in a unified effort against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague the greater Shelby County area.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Marques Young and Stephen Hall are prosecuting this case on the government’s behalf.

Updated February 5, 2016