Twenty-Year-Old Receives Over 10 Years in Federal Prison for Attempted Carjacking
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Tennessee
Memphis, TN – Demetrius Williams, 20, has been sentenced to 125 months in federal prison for
attempted carjacking and brandishing a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. Joseph C.
Murphy, Jr., United States Attorney, announced the sentence today.
According to information presented in court, on December 28, 2019, Demetrius Williams and Terrion
Jones contacted a third-party to take them to the mall. As the vehicle arrived, Jones got in the
back seat of the vehicle. Williams asked the victim to go to the back of the apartment to pick up
an additional female passenger. When the car got behind the apartment, Jones got out of the car
under the guise of getting another passenger, but then opened the driver's door. As Jones opened
the door, Williams brandished a handgun and told the victim "Get out of the car, so I don't have to
shoot you." The victim resisted and Jones punched her. Williams eventually gave Jones the gun and
told Jones to shoot the victim. Jones pointed the gun at the victim, and she ran away. An armed
citizen intervened, and the suspects fled the scene. Jones and Williams were identified as the
suspects and were arrested several days later.
On September 15, 2021, Williams pled guilty to attempted carjacking and brandishing a firearm in
relation to a crime of violence.
On August 24, 2022, Senior United States District Judge Jon P. McCalla, sentenced Williams to 125
months in federal prison to be followed by three years’ supervised release. There is no parole in
the federal system.
Jones was previously sentenced to 111 months in federal prison to be followed by 3 years'
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Assistant United States Attorneys Elizabeth Rogers and Greg Wagner prosecuted this case
on behalf of the government.
Updated April 19, 2023