Division 4
July 21, 2011-Michael McVay was sentenced today in Criminal Court Division 4 for the sexual abuse and rape of a minor child in his care.
The jury in Criminal Court Division 4 convicted McVay On June 27th, 2011.
McVay, (age 51), the child’s step-grandfather, was sentenced to 25 years for rape of a child; 20 years for aggravated sexual battery; 20 years for rape and 10 years for sexual battery by an authority figure. The sentences run consecutively, for a total of 75 years imprisonment.
After serving sentence, McVay will be listed on the state of Tennessee Sex Offender Registry and ordered to Community Supervision for life, as required by state law.
Assistant District Attorneys Carrie Shelton and Brooks Yelverton prosecuted the case.
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June 27th, 2011- Late on Friday evening, June 24th, Michael McVay was found guilty of sexual abuse and rape of a minor child in his care.
McVay, (age 51), the child’s step-grandfather, started sexually abusing her in the year 2000, when she came to live with him at age 8, and the sexual abuse continued and escalated until the child was 15 years old.
The child and her mother lived at McVay’s home in Memphis off and on from 2000-2008. During this period, McVay abused the child several times and the instances of abuse often occurred while McVay kept the child in the afternoon, while her mother and grandmother worked.
The jury in Criminal Court Division 4 convicted McVay of rape of a child; rape; aggravated sexual battery; and sexual battery by an authority figure. McVay faces 25-55 years imprisonment for the charges. After serving sentence, McVay will be listed on the state of Tennessee Sex Offender Registry and ordered to Community Supervision for life, as required by state law.
McVay is scheduled for sentencing in Criminal Court Division 4 on July 14th, 2011.
Assistant District Attorneys Carrie Shelton and Brooks Yelverton prosecuted the case.
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On Friday, June 10th, 2011 a jury in Criminal Court Division 4 found James Michael Snipes, age 22, guilty of killing Charles Beegle during the burglary of his Berclair home on August 2, 2008. Information at trial showed that Snipes, age 19 at the time, broke into Beegle’s home at 4370 Zelda, armed with a pistol. During the burglary, Beegle confronted Snipes and two male accomplices. Snipes fired several shots at Beegle, fatally wounding him. Snipes and his accomplices fled the scene in a truck, but were apprehended by Memphis Police while fleeing the area.
James Michael Snipes was convicted of murder in perpetration of a felony, second degree murder, aggravated burglary and employing a firearm during a dangerous felony. He is scheduled to be sentenced for the on July 12th, 2011, in Criminal Court Division 4.
John Michael Smith, (Snipes’ accomplice), was previously convicted of murder in perpetration of a felony, second degree murder, aggravated burglary and employing a firearm during a felony. Smith was sentenced to life imprisonment for his part in Beegle’s death.
Assistant District Attorneys Greg Gilbert and Lora Fowler prosecuted this case.
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Thursday, April 14, 2011, a Shelby County jury convicted Jurico Readus for the March 19th, 2006 murder and attempted robbery of Luis Reyes, age 45.
The jury found Readus guilty of first degree murder in perpetration of a dangerous felony and two counts of criminal attempt to commit especially aggravated robbery.
Readus was 16 years of age on the date of the incident.
At 10:00 A.M. that Sunday morning, Readus and one accomplice went to the Hilltop House Apartments, 1228 Aubra, looking for someone to rob. They encountered the victim Luis Reyes and one additional male standing outside of a truck in the parking lot. Readus, armed with a handgun, pointed the gun at the two Hispanic victims and demanded they empty their pockets. Readus then told his accomplice to check the victims' pockets. One of the victims began to scuffle with the accomplice and Readus fired several shots, striking Reyes in the head, killing him. Readus continued shooting at the second victim, striking him several times. Readus' accomplice sustained a non-critical gunshot wound to his arm during the gunfire. They both fled the scene on foot. The second victim was transported to the Regional Medical Center in critical condition.
Readus was located and arrested later that day by the Memphis Police Department.
Jurico Readus is scheduled to be sentenced on May 17th, in Criminal Court Division Four.
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