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Friday, 04 September 2015 16:24

Convicted Thief, Forger Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

MEMPHIS – Sept. 4, 2015 - A man convicted this summer of stealing cash, credit cards and a checkbook from a woman’s purse was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Criminal Court Judge W. Mark Ward gave defendant Marcus Williams consecutive prison sentences of eight years each for theft over $1,000 and identity theft, and four years for forgery over $500.
Williams, 29, who has a prior criminal history, is a multiple offender under the law and must serve at least 35 percent of his sentence before he can be considered for parole.
Witnesses said Williams entered a business on Aug. 15, 2013, in the 3700 block of Hacks Cross Road while a woman companion distracted an employee.
Williams reached into the employee’s handbag near the cash register and took a wallet valued at $200 containing more than $300 cash, credit cards, a checkbook and a store deposit of $650.
On the same day, Williams forged and cashed one of the victim’s checks for $900 and in the following days charged a total of $93.04 on her credit card at three different locations.
Williams was arrested and charged about a month later. His woman companion was identified, but there was insufficient proof to prosecute her for a crime.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Omar Malik.