Thursday, 02 August 2018 15:05

Gunman Convicted in Foiled Robbery

Wilkins Wilkins
Aug. 2, 2018 – A would-be robber who was wounded in an unexpected gunfight with an intended victim was convicted Thursday of attempted murder and four other criminal charges, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Defendant Quinton Wilkins, 35, was convicted of attempted second-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault, employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, and reckless endangerment.
He will be sentenced next month by Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft.
The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 6, 2015, when Wilkins walked into a vacant house on Green Grove Drive in southeast Memphis where two men were cleaning the carpets. Wilkins pointed a gun at them and ordered the men to get on the floor, but his victims ran off into separate bedrooms.
As Wilkins chased one man, the other pulled his own gun and exchanged multiple gunshots with the defendant. Wilkins eventually was wounded and dropped to the floor, losing possession of his gun. The carpet cleaners then called police as the injured Wilkins crawled through the house and onto the front lawn where he was taken into custody.
Crime scene investigators collected 25 shell casings from inside the house.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Melanie Headley Cox of the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit which seeks maximum sentencing for repeat felony offenders.