Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft sentenced defendants Lloyd Crawford, 30, and Anthony Ellis, 32, to mandatory terms of life in prison after the jury returned its verdict Friday afternoon.
They also were convicted of attempted first-degree murder and attempted especially aggravated robbery. Crawford alone was convicted of employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony and tampering with evidence. They will be sentenced on those convictions in August.
The incident began around 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2016, when Crawford, Ellis and Muwani Dewberry, 30, drove to the 3200 block of Forest Brook Drive in Parkway Village and sought to buy kush – a high-grade form of marijuana – from a 23-year-old man.
The victim got into the back seat, but during a discussion one of the front-seat suspects pulled a gun and during a struggle with the victim several shots were fired. One shot struck the victim in the left hand, while another struck back-seat suspect Muwani Dewberry, 30, in the head.
The victim climbed out the back seat window as the three suspects drove off, with one of them firing more shots at the victim. After driving about 10 miles, the defendants stopped and put the gravely wounded Dewberry on the sidewalk at Cummings and Saxon in South Memphis, and drove away.
Crawford and Ellis were arrested three weeks later.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Melanie Cox and Jose Leon of the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit which seeks maximum sentencing for repeat felony offenders.