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Memphis Man Sentenced to 13 Years for Carjacking and Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm

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

Memphis, TN – Kedric Reese, 21, has been sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for carjacking, discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence and illegal possession of a stolen firearm. United States Attorney Kevin G. Ritz announced the sentence today.

According to the information presented in court, on May 24, 2021, Memphis Police Officers responded to a carjacking at River Grove apartments. The victim advised officers that while traveling in a rental car, she stopped near Warford and Jackson Avenue to send a text message, when two occupants in a white Impala drove up next to her. The men approached the car and demanded she take them to River Grove apartments.

One of the men, Kedric Reese, brandished a gun that was visible to the victim. Afraid for her safety, the victim complied with their request. When they arrived, Reese pointed the gun at the victim and made her get out of the car. As she did so, the victim yelled at Reese, "I know what you look like!" Reese then fired a shot directly at the victim.

The rental car company tracked the vehicle to a residence on Rio Lobo in Memphis, Tennessee. Reese who was in possession of the stolen car and a stolen SAR 9mm pistol, was placed into custody. The gun was loaded with 12 rounds in the magazine and 1 round in the chamber.

The victim identified Reese as the man who shot at her and stole her rental car.

This case was investigated by the ATF and the Memphis Police Department.

On February 14, 2023, United States Chief Judge Sheryl H. Lipman sentenced Reese to 157 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

United States Attorney Kevin Ritz thanked Assistant United States Attorney Raney Irwin, who prosecuted this case, as well as law enforcement partners who investigated the case.


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Updated February 16, 2023