Man Accused Of Killing Memphis Police Officer Sentenced On Separate Federal Charges

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - The man accused of murdering a Memphis police officer has been sentenced on separate federal charges. Tremaine Wilbourn was sentenced Friday to 25 years after pleading guilty earlier this year to charges of armed carjacking and being convicted felon in possession of ammunition.

Saturday, August 1, 2015, police said Officer Sean Bolton saw an illegally parked 2002 Mercedes-Benz. They say Bolton pulled in front of the car and shined his spotlight inside. Bolton then went up to the car, where he engaged in a "brief struggle" with the car's passenger, according to police.

Police say the passenger, identified as Wilbourn, shot Bolton several times. Wilbourn and the car's driver fled on foot after the shooting.

Wilbourn still faces state charges in the case. He is due in court in August on those charges.

(DEPT. OF JUSTICE RELEASE)

A man charged with fatally shooting Memphis Police Department Officer Sean Bolton was sentenced today for being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition and armed carjacking. The defendant, Tremaine Wilbourn, 31, has pending state charges for capital murder. Lawrence J. Laurenzi, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the sentencing today.

On August 1, 2015, Wilbourn was in the passenger seat of a vehicle parked on a street when Officer Bolton approached the vehicle. Officer Bolton attempted to detain Wilbourn before the defendant pulled a 9mm pistol and shot Bolton several times.

Facts from hearings in the case outline that shortly after the shooting, Wilbourn used a firearm to carjack a man of a 2002 Honda Accord.

On July 28, 2017, the Honorable U.S. District Judge Sheryl H. Lipman sentenced Wilbourn to 25 years’ imprisonment and 3 years supervised release. Wilbourn also received an additional 30 months of incarceration for violating his supervised release, which is to run consecutive to his 25-year sentence.

The state charges against Wilbourn for the murder of Officer Bolton are pending.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in conjunction with the Memphis Police Department. The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted this case on the government’s behalf. .


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