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Monday, 31 July 2017 16:08

Three-Strikes Offender Faces Life in Prison

Robert Burnette Robert Burnette
July 31, 2017 – A 52-year-old man with four prior felony convictions has been convicted of attempted first-degree murder and faces a sentence of life without parole as a three-strikes offender when he is sentenced next month, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Monday.  
A Criminal Court jury on Friday also convicted Robert Burnette of employing a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Each of those convictions carry 10 to 15 years in prison.
He remains in custody and will be sentenced Sept. 1 by Judge Lee Coffee.
The incident occurred on May 11, 2015, in the 200 block of Silverage Ave. in the Riverview area of South Memphis. Witnesses said Burnette walked up to a group of people and started an argument with the victim, with whom he had had an altercation three months earlier.
Burnette then pulled a silver revolver from under his left armpit and began firing at the victim, striking him once in the back as he ran. The victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but later was released.
In 2000, Burnette was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 15 years in prison. In 1997 he was convicted on drug charges and sentenced to 6 months and in 1984 he was convicted of two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon and sentenced to 12 years.
His convictions and sentences, coupled with his new convictions, qualifies him as a three-strike offender under TCA 40-35-120.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Stacy McEndree who has been in the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit which seeks maximum sentencing for repeat felony offenders.