Former Tennessee Department of Corrections Officer Sentenced for Writing False Report to Cover Up Another Officer’s Use of Excessive Force
Memphis, TN – Three Tennessee men were each sentenced today to 10 years and one month in prison for committing an armed carjacking of two victims at a gas station in Bolivar, Tennessee.
According to court documents, on Nov. 9, 2020, Delvion Beard, 22, Quadarius Greer, 21, and Bryson Townsley, 21, all of Jackson, stole an Audi A4 from two victims at gunpoint. Beard and Greer abruptly entered the back seat of the car and forced the victims to drive from the gas station at gunpoint. Townsley followed them in a second car. Along the way, Beard and Greer forced the driver into the back seat and Beard took control of the car, driving it to a residential complex. When they arrived, the three defendants used physical force and guns, including an AK-47 pistol, to take the victims out of the car, rob them, and drive away in the stolen vehicle. One victim suffered injuries during the attack. The defendants threatened to kill both victims if they reported the incident to the police.
“The choice of these armed carjackers to terrorize innocent victims for personal gain was cowardly and reprehensible,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “Today’s sentences demonstrate the Justice Department’s commitment to vigorously prosecuting those who use weapons and violence to dominate our public spaces and deprive our citizens of safety in their own communities.”
“Individuals committing gun violence are causing havoc in West Tennessee. Armed carjackings, in particular, threaten basic notions of what it means to feel safe in our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Kevin G. Ritz for the Western District of Tennessee. “Citizens throughout our district can be assured that the Department of Justice, along with state and local law enforcement partners, tirelessly work together to protect the innocent and bring to justice those who commit violent acts.”
“Carjackings are a senseless but seriously violent crime that threaten the lives of innocent victims in our communities,” said Special Agent in Charge Douglas S. DePodesta of the FBI Memphis Field Office, “Law enforcement refuses to tolerate this criminal behavior, and the FBI will continue to work with our local, state, and federal partners to target, identify, and bring each and every violent offender to justice.”
The FBI and Bolivar Police Department investigated the case, with valuable assistance from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Jackson Police Department.
Trial Attorney César S. Rivera-Giraud of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Hillary Parham for the Western District of Tennessee prosecuted the case.