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Memphis Man Sentenced to Over 12 Years for Illegal Possession of Firearm

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

Memphis, TN – A federal judge recently sentenced a Memphis man to more than 12 years in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  United States Attorney Kevin G. Ritz announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, on September 16, 2022, officers observed Carl Turner, 26, driving a white 2020 Kia Optima matching the description of a vehicle that had been reported stolen the night before. The officers activated their blue lights and sirens for a traffic stop but Turner reversed and drove towards the officers’ squad cars, striking one and disabling it in the process.  Turner then led officers in a high-speed car chase for two miles through a residential neighborhood. After Turner crashed the Kia into a utility pole, he ran away from the officers on foot and tossed a brown backpack during the chase.  Officers detained Turner and recovered the brown backpack, which contained a Bersa .380 caliber automatic pistol. 

On November 20, 2023, Turner pled guilty to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. United States District Judge Sheryl H. Lipman sentenced Turner on March 14 to 150 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.  There is no parole in the federal system.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

The PSN Gun Task Force investigated this case for federal prosecution with assistance from the Memphis Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

United States Attorney Ritz thanked Assistant United States Attorney Eileen Kuo, who prosecuted this case, as well as law enforcement partners who investigated the case.

Contact

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Specialist Tiffany Thomas-Turner at (901) 544-4231 or Tiffany.Turner@usdoj.gov.  Follow the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Facebook or on X at @WDTNNews for office news and updates.

Updated March 19, 2024