Memphis Man Receives Over 7 Years’ Incarceration for Possession a Firearm
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Tennessee
Memphis, TN – Bobby Bridgeforth, 37, has been sentenced to 92 months in federal prison for possession of a firearm. Joseph C. Murphy, Jr., United States Attorney announced the sentence today.
According to information presented in court, on April 17, 2020, a security guard at the Pendleton West Apartments advised Memphis Police officers of a man walking in front of the apartments with a handgun with a drum magazine. When the suspect saw officers, he fled but was caught moments later. While being detained, a loaded Glock 19 with 37 rounds of ammunition fell out of defendant’s pocket. Law enforcement later identified the individual as Bobby Bridgeforth.
Further investigation revealed he had felony convictions as well as misdemeanor convictions for domestic violence. As a result of his prior felony conviction history, Bridgeforth is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.
On August 26, 2021, Bridgeforth pled guilty to being a felon in possession of the firearm and possessing the firearm after a misdemeanor conviction of domestic violence.
On February 8, 2022, United States District Judge Mark S. Norris sentenced Bridgeforth to 92 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 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 communities 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.
Assistant United States Attorney Greg Wagner prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
Updated April 19, 2023