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MEMPHIS - April 30, 2014 - A Memphis woman who considers herself a sovereign citizen was convicted Wednesday of trying to run over two police officers during a traffic stop in 2012, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said.
A Criminal Court jury convicted Tabitha Gentry, 34, of two counts of aggravated assault and one count of intentionally evading arrest in a motor vehicle.
She is scheduled to be sentenced May 29 by Judge James Lammey Jr.
Gentry faces 3 to 6 years in prison on each aggravated assault count and 1 to 2 years for evading arrest.
The incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 9, 2012, when the officers stopped Gentry’s vehicle for having a headlight out.
They said she refused to show state identification and instead handed officers a sovereign citizen ID card through a small opening in the window, locked the car doors and turned up the volume on the radio music.
Gentry refused to open her door so officers tried to break the rear driver’s side window. They told her to put the car in park, but Gentry put the vehicle in gear and struck one officer with the side of the vehicle.
The other officer jumped out of the way.
After a short vehicle chase, Gentry was pulled over and arrested.
She claims to be a member of the Moorish National Republic and repeatedly told Judge Lammey that she did not recognize the court’s authority.
She chose to spend most of the trial in an adjoining lockup area.
Gentry also has pending charges of theft of property over $250,000 after spending several days inside a $3 million East Memphis mansion in foreclosure to which she claimed squatter’s rights. She also is charged with aggravated burglary.
The case was handled by assistant district attorneys Jessica Banti and Rachel Russell.
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MEMPHIS - March 13, 2014 - A South Memphis man has been convicted of first-degree murder for shooting an acquaintance in 2012, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Thursday.
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MEMPHIS - Feb. 20, 2014 – Michael Bonsky, convicted in January of killing an acquaintance and wounding a woman in 2012 in Orange Mound, has been sentenced to 62 years in prison, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
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Friday, 21 February 2014 08:21

Father Gets 15 Years for Attack on Baby Son

MEMPHIS - Feb. 21, 2014 - A Memphis man who pleaded guilty to assaulting his 7-month-old son left in his care has been sentenced to 15 years in prison with no parole, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
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MEMPHIS, TN, - On Friday, January 17, 2014, a jury convicted Michael Bonsky of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in a shooting last year in the Orange Mound area, Shelby County Dist. Atty. General Amy Weirich said.
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MEMPHIS, TN – December 12, 2013 - A Memphis man has been indicted on alcohol-related vehicular homicide charges in a hit-and-run accident in which a motorcyclist was killed in March in the Orange Mound area, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said.
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Thursday, 12 December 2013 08:27

Man Pleads Guilty to 7th DUI

MEMPHIS, TN December 11, 2013 – A Memphis driver was sentenced to four years in prison and fined $3,500 after pleading guilty to driving under the influence for the seventh time, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said.
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MEMPHIS, TN - November 22, 2013 - A Milwaukee man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his sister's husband in 2010, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said.
James Zell Smith, an over-the-road truck driver, was sentenced to 13-and-1/2 years in prison as a mitigated offender, the lowest sentence allowed for second-degree murder.
Smith, age 50, originally was charged with first-degree murder which carries a sentence of life in prison.
As a prosecution witness last year, Smith told a Criminal Court jury that his sister, Patricia Matting, put him up to the attack after telling him that her husband, Fredrick Matting, age 51, was abusive to her.
Patricia Matting, 54, pled guilty in August to a reduced charge of reckless homicide and false reporting after a jury last year failed to reach a unanimous verdict in her first-degree murder trial.
She was sentenced to eight years in prison and 10 years of probation.
The ambush attack on Fredrick Matting occurred in the early-morning hours of Nov. 2, 2010, when the machinist arrived home at 9123 Afton Cove in Cordova from his night-shift job.
Matting was beaten, shot and stabbed.
Smith was given consideration in his case because of his cooperation with prosecutors in his sister's trial and because he has provided information in another defendant's unrelated case involving the rape of a child.
The murder case and settlement was handled by assistant district attorneys Neal Oldham, Paul Hagerman and Eric Christensen.
Judge James Lammey presided.
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MEMPHIS, TN – October 17, 2013 - A Memphis police officer has been indicted on charges of tampering with or fabricating evidence for allegedly telling his girlfriend to falsely list a DVD player as being among items taken in a burglary of her home in July.
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Friday, 04 October 2013 16:05

Teenager indicted on murder, arson charges

MEMPHIS, TN – A 15-year-old boy has been indicted on charges of first-degree murder stemming from a fire earlier this year in which his mother was killed.
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