Defendants in July gang-related shootout sentenced to federal prison

Monday, December 5, 2011 at 7:00pm
Staff reports

Three men involved in a July afternoon shootout near Hadley Park were sentenced to federal prison last week.

Finis Lewis, Quinten Smith and Corey Lynn Smith, all of Nashville, were sentenced to serve federal time with no parole in relation to the July 11 shootout in which suspects from two cars got out and began firing more than 100 rounds of ammunition each other. Clarence Claybrooks, 33, was killed in the gunfight.

The investigation surrounding the shooting continues.

Lewis, 33, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, as well as illegally possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Lewis, who had so far avoided prosecution in other cases, was sentenced to 80 months in prison.

Quinten Smith, 26, pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing a firearm after being convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, and was sentenced to 36 months in prison.

Corey Smith, 26, also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and with making false official statements to federal agents, and was sentenced to 80 months in prison.

Each defendant will be on supervised release for an additional three years after serving his sentence.

During the sentencing, Chief United States District Judge Todd Campbell described the shootout as a “very violent scene,” and although the three men asked Campbell to recommend they serve their sentences near Nashville, he declined to do so because of ongoing further investigation as well as gang involvement in this case.

6 Comments on this post:

By: standingonthetop on 12/5/11 at 6:47


By: Kosh III on 12/6/11 at 7:38

Why were none of these people convicted of murder and put away forever?

"Clarence Claybrooks, 33, was killed in the gunfight"

By: Jughead on 12/6/11 at 8:15

Not enough time. All will live to be released and kill again.

By: Radix on 12/6/11 at 8:58

Where's the murder charge?!?!

By: fdanshep on 12/6/11 at 10:21

At least under Federal Guidelines, these people will have to serve their full sentence. Hopefully one or more will meet their demise while incarcerated.

By: BEOWULF on 12/7/11 at 9:46

BEOWULF: KOSH III! ..."PUT AWAY 4EVER?" All such gang related activity should automatically carry immediate DEATH PENALTY! Gangs need a message that their public endangering activities WILL NO LONGER BE TOLERATED; after all a man did die. Added to our homegrown gangs, we now have illegal immigrant gangs about which our 'softy' officials are losing ground, doing little. Lack of death penalties, insignificant deportation, 'rights' for those who should have NO rights in America are plunging us into oblivion, endangering the very lives of our coming generations. In less than seven years, these _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ will once again walk among us...pleasant thoughts!