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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Tennessee

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Edward L. Stanton III
, United States Attorney
Contact: Public Information Officer

Henning Man Sentenced to Six Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Firearm Possession and Threatening a Witness

Memphis, TN – Darius D. Mitchell, age 26, of Henning, Tenn., was sentenced to six years in federal prison on July 25, 2014 following his March 2014 guilty plea to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of attempting to threaten a federal witness, announced Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, and 25th District Attorney General Mike Dunavant.

According to the facts alleged in the indictment and revealed during the sentencing hearing, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives began investigating Mitchell in April 2011. During the course of the investigation, federal agents discovered that Mitchell, a previously convicted felon, was in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

In addition, on November 28, 2013, Mitchell threatened and intimidated a federal witness to prevent the witness from testifying against him in court. In addition to the prison sentence, Senior U.S. District Judge Jon P. McCalla ordered Mitchell to serve three years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal prison system.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the 25th District Attorney General’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Parks and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Samuel R. Stringfellow represented the government.


Nashville Field Division