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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' 
supervised release.

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 August 25, 2022