Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:15

Man With 37 Prior Felonies Convicted in Robbery

MEMPHIS – November 2, 2016 - A Criminal Court jury took less than an hour to convict a career criminal of aggravated robbery and being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Wednesday.
Paul Buchanan, 49, who has 37 prior felony convictions, faces up to 30 years in prison for the robbery conviction, plus 15 years for being a felon with a handgun. He will be sentenced later by Judge James Beasley Jr.
Buchanan was convicted late Tuesday of robbing a homeowner at gunpoint on April 13, 2013, on North Claybrook and escaping with $100 in cash. He was later arrested after being identified from a photo lineup by the victim.
By law, jurors were not told of Buchanan’s entire prior criminal history.
Buchanan pled guilty last year to more than two dozen burglaries and thefts and was placed on Community Corrections for 24 years by the same trial judge who presided this week, but he never reported in to his probation officer as required.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Stacy McEndree of the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit which seeks maximum sentencing for repeat felony offenders.