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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 13:35

Squatter Gets 20 Years for Takeover of East Memphis Mansion

Tabitha "Akba Re Bey" Gentry Tabitha "Akba Re Bey" Gentry SCSO
MEMPHIS – May 27, 2015 - A woman who illegally took control of a foreclosed East Memphis mansion in 2013 was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Tabitha Gentry, 35, was convicted in April of theft of property over $250,000 and aggravated burglary for moving into the mansion at 600 Shady Grove Road for nearly a week in March of 2013.
Criminal Court Judge James Lammey Jr. gave her concurrent sentences of 20 years for the theft and three years for the burglary.
Those sentences, however, must be served consecutively to the 14-year sentence she already is serving for an unrelated conviction last year of aggravated assault on two police officers in a 2012 incident.
Gentry, who calls herself Abka Re Bey, claims to be a citizen of the Moorish American National Republic and one who is not bound by the laws of the United States.
The mansion, valued at some $3 million, was the property of Renasant Bank, but Gentry moved in, posted signs claiming rights to the home and chained the gate.
A team of law enforcement officers eventually removed her from the home.
Despite her claims to be a sovereign citizen, state prosecutors showed that she had a Mississippi ID with her real name, Tabitha Gentry, and had purchased a Jaguar automobile registered in her name a week before moving into the mansion.
The case was handled by Byron Winsett, chief prosecutor of the DA’s Public Corruption and Economic Crime Unit, and by Asst. Dist. Atty. Sam Winnig.