Monday, 07 December 2015 08:49

Wounded Shoplifter Gets 10 Years in Prison

Wounded Shoplifter Gets 10 Years in Prison Bartlett Police Department
MEMPHIS – December 4, 2015 - A shoplifter who was wounded when he tried to run over a Bartlett police officer while trying to escape was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday for aggravated assault, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Tavarius Jones, 39, also pleaded guilty to theft over $500 and was sentenced to four years to be served concurrently.
On Aug. 30, 2013, Jones and two companions were seen slipping small items of merchandise into hidden pockets sewn inside their pants at the Walmart Store at 8400 Highway 64 in Bartlett.
Store security officers alerted police and as the suspects piled into their car, Bartlett motorcycle officer Grant Young, who was taking a traffic report nearby, arrived and ordered Jones, the driver, to stop. Instead, Jones drove straight at the officer, hitting him with the vehicle more than once. Witnesses said a passenger in the vehicle was urging Jones to run over the officer.
Young fired six shots, hitting Jones three times in the right arm.
Two codefendants, Harold Thompson, 41, and Damien Hollis, 36, are facing the same charges. Their cases are pending.
Jones entered an Alford plea in the aggravated assault case, denying the details in the charge but conceding that he likely would be convicted in trial. It has the same legal effect as a guilty plea.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Sam Winnig.