Convicted felon who fled from police pleads guilty to drug, gun charges

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Convicted felon Joseph Hamilton, 30, pleaded guilty to federal charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

On October 27, 2017, Memphis Police observed Hamilton driving a silver Infiniti G35 with a license plate registered to a different vehicle. The license plate also had a 2018 decal that belonged to a different plate, which caused them to initiate a traffic stop.

Investigators said Hamilton did not have a driver's license, but provided his social security number to the officer, who then determined that his license was suspended.

Instead of Hamilton exiting the vehicle as instructed by the officer, he shut his door and made a U-turn and drove off, crashing into another driver and sending that person to the hospital in non-critical condition.

After the crash, he ran into the woods, but was eventually caught and arrested.

When the officers searched his backpack, they found a large bag of marijuana and two mason jars with small baggies of marijuana, totaling approximately 100 grams, $306.73 in cash, and a Ruger .45 caliber pistol from the driver's side floorboard of the vehicle.

On July 11, 2018, Hamilton pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. He faces a minimum of 15 years up to life imprisonment.

Hamilton still has an unrelated murder charge pending in Division 7 of Shelby County's Criminal Court stemming from his alleged shooting at a Whitehaven McDonald's, resulting in the murder of one individual and the serious injury to another.

On October 11, 2018, Hamilton is scheduled to be sentenced before U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Parker.

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