Thursday, 07 April 2016 14:56

Convicted Carjacker, Robber Sentenced to Prison

MEMPHIS – April 7, 2016 - A 20-year-old man convicted earlier this year of carjacking, kidnapping and robbing a motorist in the Hickory Hill area has been sentenced to 15 years in prison with no parole, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Thursday.
Defendant Justice Ball was sentenced by Criminal Court Judge Glenn Wright for convictions of especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, carjacking, employing a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony and evading arrest.
A jury convicted him in January.
The incident occurred in the early-morning hours of July 28, 2014, when a motorist was carjacked by two men when his car stalled at a traffic light at Riverdale and Shelby Drive in southeast Memphis.
One of the men punched the driver in the face, pointed a gun at him and ordered him to drive to another location where they picked up two other men.
The carjackers demanded his wallet, money and cell phone, struck him in the back of the head with a gun and ordered him to drive to an ATM at Kirby and Shelby Drive. The victim escaped from the car and ran to a nearby service station and called 911.
The carjackers drove off, but were soon pursued by police. The pursuit ended at Myers Road and Firethorne Drive when the four suspects bailed out and the slowly moving vehicle overturned.
Ball and another suspect, Kenneth Kimble, 27, were quickly caught, but the other two suspects were never apprehended.
After a jury could not reach a verdict in his trial, Kimble pled guilty to aggravated robbery and was sentenced to eight years in prison.
The cases were handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Omar Malik and Austin Scofield.