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Memphis Man Receives 10-Year Federal Sentence for Possession of Firearm While Shooting Girlfriend

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

Memphis, TN – Terrence Mull, 36, has been sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Joseph C. Murphy, Jr., United States Attorney announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, on January 8, 2019, Terrence Mull used a firearm to assault and shoot his girlfriend during an argument. Mull put a gun to his girlfriend's head and stated, "Til death do us part." He then attempted to shoot the victim, but the gun jammed and the two struggled, until Mull eventually shot the victim in the arm and neck. The defendant also choked the victim. She was able to escape the home with her two minor children.

Mull pled guilty on August 26, 2021, to being a felon in possession of a firearm. As a convicted felon, he is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.

On March 1, 2022, United States District Judge John T. Fowlkes, Jr., sentenced Mull to the maximum statutory penalty of 120 months in federal prison to be followed by three years’ supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

There are also current charges pending against Mull with the State of Tennessee related to this incident.

This case was investigated by Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Task Force. The (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 United States Attorney Greg Wagner and Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) Samuel D. Winnig prosecuted this case on behalf of the government. SAUSA Winnig was assigned from the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office for prosecuting violent crimes and firearms offenses in federal court.



Cherri Green
Public Affairs
(901) 544-4231

Updated March 2, 2022