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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Donald Q. Cochran
, United States Attorney
Contact: David Boling

Two Plead Guilty to Host of Violent Crimes in J.C. Napier Neighborhood

Eight-Month Violent Crime Spree Included Multiple Shootings, Robberies and Two Dead

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – August 22, 2018 – Two Nashville, Tennessee men pleaded guilty on Monday in U.S. District Court, to a series of violent crimes committed in and around the J.C. Napier neighborhood, including crimes that resulted in the murders of two individuals, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.


Terrance Christopher Kimbrough, aka Lil Chris, aka Rampage, 22, pleaded guilty to two counts of using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence resulting in death; Hobbs Act robbery; and other federal firearms offenses.


 Michael Calloway, Jr., aka Oso, 23, pleaded guilty to being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition, charges which resulted from an incident on November 23, 2014, where he shot into a vehicle occupied by three adults and a young child in the J.C. Napier area.  Calloway is currently serving a 15-year sentence resulting from federal charges relating to another shooting in the J.C. Napier neighborhood in April 2015. 


According to court documents, beginning in November 2014, Kimbrough was one of two individuals who robbed two men in the J.C. Napier area.  During this robbery, the men targeted were ordered to strip and were then robbed of their clothing, drugs, money and identification.


 On November 16, 2014, Kimbrough attempted to rob another individual, known to be a street-level drug dealer in the J.C. Napier area and shot the individual as he attempted to flee.  Kimbrough chased the individual through the neighborhood and fired several rounds at him, causing him to be treated at a hospital for gunshot wounds and other injuries sustained while fleeing.


On November 26, 2014, Kimbrough participated in the robbery of Brendon Leggs, at a market near the J.C. Napier area.  During this robbery, Kimbrough and Calvin Starks approached Leggs as he sat in his car and demanded drugs and money.  As Leggs attempted to drive away, Kimbrough and Starks fired a total of 18 rounds at Leggs, striking him twice and killing him.  Starks was sentenced last year to 35 years in prison. 


A week later, on December 3, 2014, Kimbrough and a juvenile shot and killed Monte Watson, near the intersection of Lewis and Robertson Streets, in the J.C. Napier area.  Kimbrough was aware that Watson had witnessed him murder Leggs and had been searching for him in order to silence him.


On February 23, 2015, Kimbrough fired multiple rounds into the engine compartment of an occupied car, in the J.C. Napier neighborhood, because the driver refused to give him a ride. 


Finally, Kimbrough pleaded guilty to charges resulting from an incident on July 4, 2015, where he shot a member of the Bloods Gang on Porter Road in Nashville and another incident on July 17, 2015, where Kimbrough participated in a shootout between two rival groups, in the J.C. Napier neighborhood.  During this shootout, two women were stuck by gunfire and were treated for gunshot wounds at a hospital. 


Pursuant to their plea agreements, Kimbrough faces between 40 - 45 years in prison and Calloway faces up to an additional 20 years in prison when they are sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr., on November 20, 2018.


Since 2015, more than 40 defendants have been charged and convicted as a part of this lengthy and on-going investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department’s Gang Division.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sunny A.M. Koshy and Philip H. Wehby are prosecuting the cases.


Nashville Field Division