Memphis Man Receives 20-Year Sentence for Attempted Robbery

A Memphis man was resentenced to 20 years for a 2017 attempted robbery.

Memphis, TN – A federal judge recently resentenced a Memphis man to 20 years in federal prison for the attempted robbery of a Boost Mobile store in December 2017. United States Attorney Kevin G. Ritz announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, on December 8, 2017, Lamar Clancy, 31, and another man entered a Boost Mobile store, armed with guns and wearing ski masks. They immediately pointed their weapons at the three employees behind the counter, stating, “You know what time it is,” before opening fire at the employees. Two of the employees returned fire.

During the shooting, a third, unarmed employee was shot in the knee. The shooting also endangered a customer and three minor children who had been waiting in a vehicle in the parking lot. After the shooting, Clancy and his accomplice fled the scene.

On May 2, 2019, after a jury trial, Clancy was found guilty of attempted robbery and discharging a firearm in furtherance of that attempted robbery; he was originally sentenced in November 2019. Due to changes in the law which went into effect in 2022, Clancy’s firearm conviction was vacated, and the district court scheduled a resentencing hearing. At that hearing, United States District Court Judge John T. Fowlkes sentenced Clancy to 240 months of incarceration with the Bureau of Prisons, followed by 3 years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring results.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Memphis Police Department.

United States Attorney Ritz thanked Assistant United States Attorney Naya Bedini, who prosecuted this case at the resentencing hearing, as well as the law enforcement partners who investigated the case.

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