For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office Continues Carjacking Initiative to Reduce Violent Crime with Multiple Recent Indictments
Memphis, TN – Six local individuals have been indicted for multiple carjackings involving the use and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the indictments today.
In October, 2018, the United States Attorney’s Office along with federal and local law enforcement partners held a joint press conference to announce the district’s Carjacking Initiative, implemented to reduce violent carjacking crimes in Memphis and Shelby County. That press conference announced the federal indictments of five men for nine separate carjacking and armed robbery events.
Today, the U.S. Attorney’s Office continues to respond to the recent increase in these crimes by obtaining additional indictments against six individuals responsible for multiple violent carjacking incidents involving the possession and use of firearms within the past six months.
The six defendants listed are:
• Isaiah Miller,18, Memphis, TN
• Edward Brown, 25, Memphis, TN
• Eric Cole, 20, Memphis, TN
• Daterious Gipson,19, Memphis, TN
• Sir Millbrook, 20, Memphis, TN
• Vince Fuller, 19, Memphis, TN
The indictment charges that during the period of October 10-17, 2018, Isaiah Miller, being aided and abetted by others, including juvenile offenders, committed four (4) separate carjackings by brandishing a firearm during each of those crimes of violence at various locations in Memphis.
If convicted of all counts, the defendant faces a possible sentence of up to 15 years for each carjacking, and a mandatory minimum consecutive sentence of 28 years for the brandishing of the firearms.
Edward Brown, Eric Cole and Daterious Gipson
The indictment charges that on September 30, 2018, Edward Brown, Eric Cole and Daterious Gipson aided and abetted each other by discharging a firearm during a carjacking in Memphis.
If convicted of all counts, the defendants face a possible sentence of up to 15 years for the carjacking and a mandatory minimum consecutive sentence of 10 years for the discharge of the firearms.
Sir Millbrook and Vince Fuller
The indictment charges that on November 28, 2018, Sir Millbrook and Vince Fuller aided and abetted each other by brandishing a firearm during a carjacking in Memphis.
If convicted of all counts, the defendants face a possible sentence of up to 15 years for the carjacking and a mandatory minimum consecutive sentence of 7 years for the brandishing of the firearms.
Sentencing for each defendant is individual, and is based upon a number of statutory factors under the federal sentencing guidelines, including but not limited to prior conviction history, which may enhance or mitigate the ultimate sentence imposed by the Court.
U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, "While recent reports indicate that violent crime rates in all major categories are declining, carjacking offenses in Memphis have spiked and increased at an alarming rate in the past year. This disturbing trend cannot continue, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office is continuing to coordinate with our federal and local law enforcement partners to prioritize and target carjacking cases for aggressive federal prosecution. These cases demonstrate our resolve to incapacitate the most violent offenders, uphold the rule of law, deter criminal conduct with a strong message of significant consequences, and make us all safer."
These cases were investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Explosives and Firearms (ATF), and the Memphis Police Department Violent Crimes Task Force.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elizabeth Rogers, Gregory Allen, and Neal Oldham are prosecuting these cases on behalf of the government.
The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.