Convicted Felon Sentenced to 15 Years for Aggravated Assault of a Federal Officer and Discharge of a Firearm | USAO-WDTN

Memphis, TN – Cody James Dimmett, 29, has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for assaulting a federal officer and using and discharging a firearm during the assault. United States Attorney Kevin G. Ritz announced the sentence today.

According to the information presented in court, on May 25, 2021, the FBI and Southaven Police were notified that Dimmett, wanted on multiple warrants, would be traveling through the area. When law enforcement noticed Dimmett’s vehicle, they began a pursuit that ended in Memphis. Dimmett got out of his car with an SKS rifle and fired several shots, hitting an officer in the arm. He fled the scene in the officer’s vehicle and was later seen in Arkansas. During the chase, Dimmett used the vehicle’s blue lights and led officers on a high-speed chase of more than 120 miles per hour into Palestine, Arkansas, where he crashed and fled on foot. After several hours, the defendant surrendered.

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On January 20, 2023, U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Parker sentenced Dimmett to 183 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was investigated by the Southaven Police Department, DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, Memphis Police Department, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia – State and Local Police Departments.

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U.S. Attorney Ritz said, “This substantial prison sentence rightly reflects the seriousness of the crimes this defendant committed. I am pleased that we were able to hold him accountable for his armed assaults on law enforcement officers.”

“Federal law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to protect and defend our communities against violent criminals on a daily basis, and all too often these acts of violence are directed at law enforcement,” said Acting Special Agent Douglas S. DePodesta of the Memphis Field Office for the Federal Bureau of Investigation . “This sentencing reaffirms the FBI’s commitment to apprehending violent members of society

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responsible and send to prison those who commit crimes against the brave men and women who dedicate themselves to upholding and enforcing the law.”

United States Attorney Kevin Ritz thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Lorraine Craig and Greg Wagner, who prosecuted this case, as well as law enforcement partners who investigated the case.

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