For Immediate Release
Convicted Felon Sentenced to 15 Years for Illegal Gun Possession
Memphis, TN – Floyd Wallace, 34, has been sentenced to 180 months in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Acting U.S. Attorney Joseph C. Murphy Jr., announced the sentence today.
According to information presented in court, on July 4, 2019, Memphis Police officers conducted a traffic stop on a Honda Accord for an expired Mississippi license plate. The driver had a revoked driver’s license for failure to satisfy fines/costs/taxes on a prior criminal conviction.
The front seat passenger, later identified as Floyd Wallace, attempted to flee the vehicle but was quickly detained by officers. Wallace then told officers that he had a gun in his pocket. Officers also retrieved from Wallace’s person, a Taurus 9mm pistol, loaded with six live rounds in the magazine and one live round in the chamber; one bag of marijuana; and a digital scale.
At the time of the stop, Wallace had outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants. With three prior violent felony convictions, two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated assault, Wallace was determined to be an Armed Career Criminal and sentenced to the mandatory minimum of 15 years. As a result of his prior felony convictions, he is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.
Wallace, a member of the Travelling Vice Lords gang, was on probation for aggravated stalking and aggravated assault at the time of this offense.
On June 24, 2021, U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Parker sentenced Wallace to 180 months in federal prison to be followed by three years’ supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.
This case was investigated by Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the Memphis Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The (PSN) Program is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders works together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime."
Assistant U.S. Attorney Raney Irwin prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.