Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee sentenced defendant Tremaine Wilbourn for his additional convictions of using a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, and carjacking, a crime Wilbourn committed while escaping the murder scene.
The incident occurred shortly after 9 p.m. on Aug. 1, 2015, in the 3800 block of Summerlane Ave., a residential area in the vicinity of South Perkins and Cottonwood in Parkway Village area of southeast Memphis.
Officer Bolton had made a traffic stop involving two men in a Mercedes that was illegally parked. During the stop, one of the men, Wilbourn, pulled a gun and began firing at the officer, striking him eight times.
Wilbourn fled on foot, carjacked a vehicle at gunpoint a short distance away on Clearbrook, and eventually turned himself in two days later.
At the time, he was on supervised release from federal prison where he had served a 10-year sentence for armed bank robbery. Last year, Wilbourn pled guilty in federal court to the 2015 armed carjacking and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. That is consecutive to his state sentences.
The state Criminal Court murder trial last month was handled by Chief Prosecutor Alanda Dwyer of the Special Prosecutions Unit (SPU) in Division 7, by Administrative Asst. Reginald Henderson and by Asst. Dist. Atty. Leslie Byrd of the Post-Conviction Unit (PCU).
The SPU seeks maximum sentencing for repeat felony offenders. The PCU handles appeals after a defendant has been convicted and all direct appeals have been denied.