Convicted Felon Sentenced to Over 7 Years for Illegal Possession of a Firearm

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Memphis, TN – Jemel Jackson, 41, has been sentenced to 84 months in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Joseph C. Murphy, Jr., United States Attorney announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, on the evening of May 15, 2020, a Memphis Police Officer, saw Jackson selling marijuana in the parking lot of a gas station on East Crump. As officers approached Jackson, they detected the strong odor of marijuana emanating from his vehicle.

Officers observed in plain view on the floorboard, a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber pistol, a bag of marijuana (60.5 grams) and a digital scale. The gun was loaded with 13 live rounds of ammunition. Jackson was also in possession of 49 ecstasy pills and $834.oo in cash.

While on the scene, officers discovered Jackson had been convicted of aggravated robbery on September 7, 2005. As a result of his prior felony conviction, he is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.

On February 10, 2022, United States District Judge Mark S. Norris sentenced Jackson to 84 months in federal prison to be followed by 3 years supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was investigated by the Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force. The (PSN) initiative is a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our communities safer for everyone. In 2017, PSN was reinvigorated as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement.

Assistant United States Attorney Raney Irwin prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.