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Married Couple Sentenced for Crimes Connected to Fatal Shooting of Off-Duty MPD Officer

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

Memphis, TN – A married couple has been sentenced to federal prison for crimes they committed in connection to the fatal shooting of an off-duty Memphis Police officer. Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the sentences today.

According to information presented in court, Lorenzo Clark, 36, of Memphis, unlawfully possessed a Glock 9mm pistol on Sunday, October 11, 2015. The firearm was used by the defendant in the fatal shooting of 31-year-old Terence Olridge, an officer with the Memphis Police Department (MPD). Olridge was off duty at the time of the shooting.

Last October, MPD officers responded to a shooting call at Lorenzo Clark’s Cordova residence. Officers later recovered the Glock 9mm used in the shooting from the defendant. Lorenzo Clark admitted to possessing the Glock 9mm prior to and during the shooting with Olridge. Officers also recovered a shotgun, a high-powered rifle, more than 390 rounds of ammunition and a bulletproof vest during their search of the residence.

In January 2016, Lorenzo Clark pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Sheryl H. Lipman to one count of felony firearm possession.

On Friday, April 15, 2016, Judge Lipman sentenced Clark to 51 months in federal prison. The sentence was above his guideline range due to the additional firearms and ammunition law enforcement recovered from his home.

Lorenzo Clark’s wife, Natalie Clark, 37, of Memphis, was also charged in the October indictment for providing all three aforementioned firearms to Lorenzo Clark despite knowing he had been convicted of a felony.

In January 2015, Natalie Clark pled guilty before Judge Lipman to one count of disposing of a firearm to a felon.

On Friday, Judge Lipman sentenced her to one year and one day in federal prison.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), along with the MPD.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marques Young prosecuted this case on the government’s behalf.

Updated April 15, 2016

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