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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Tennessee
Kevin G. Ritz, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Friday, October 28, 2022

Convicted Felon Sentenced to 12 Years for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

Memphis, TN – Jarquez Sigears, 35, has been sentenced to 151 months in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. United States Attorney Kevin G. Ritz announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, in April 2019, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) received information that Sigears was illegally buying and selling guns in Memphis. Sigears has a prior felony conviction for aggravated assault. As such, Sigears cannot legally possess a gun or ammunition.

In May and June of 2019, agents with ATF purchased multiple guns from Sigears including three Smith & Wesson .40 caliber pistols, a Ceska Zbrojobka (CZ) 9mm pistol, a Kel-Tel .22 caliber pistol, a Taurus 9mm caliber pistol, and a GMMG 9mm semi- automatic rifle. Some of the guns had been reported stolen and all the guns were loaded with ammunition.

This case was investigated by the ATF.

On October 25, 2022, United States District Judge Mark S. Norris sentenced Sigears to 151 months in federal prison to be followed by three years supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

United States Attorney Ritz thanked Assistant United States Attorney Raney Irwin, who prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

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