For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
, United States Attorney
Lawrence J. Laurenzi
Contact: Cherri Green
Memphis Man Convicted of Felony Possession of a Firearm
Field Division: Nashville Field Division
Memphis, TN – A jury has convicted a Memphis man of illegally possessing a firearm. Lawrence J. Laurenzi, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the conviction today.
According to information presented at trial, on December 25, 2015, officers with the Memphis Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance call at 779 Laurel. The defendant Jeremy Brown fired four rounds into the home with a stolen SCCY 9mm pistol, barely missing his girlfriend and her great-aunt, who were both inside. In an attempt to break into the home, Brown used the firearm to break the glass to the side door. This activated the home’s security system, alarming the defendant and causing him to drop the gun between the locked storm and wooden doors and flee the scene.
The defendant’s girlfriend reported the SCCY 9mm pistol stolen in 2014 by Brown. The loaded firearm was later recovered on the property by law enforcement.
According to the affidavit of complaint, Jeremy Brown was not on the scene when officers responded. However, he sent a text message to the victim once the police left the scene, which prompted her to call 911 and ask that law enforcement return. Three days later, on December 28, 2015, Brown turned himself in on the arrest warrant.
For the one count, the maximum penalty is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for June 22, 2017, before the Honorable U.S. Senior District Judge Samuel H. Mays, Jr.
The case was investigated by the Memphis Police Department’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Karen Hartridge and Marques Young prosecuted this case on the government’s behalf.