For the Third Time, Nashville Man Convicted of Being a Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm


A federal jury this week convicted a Nashville man on charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and this is not this man’s first experience with this.

That man, Davian M. Greenlee, is 40-years-old, according to a press release that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee published Thursday.

“This conviction arose from an incident which occurred on March 16, 2018, when Greenlee and Darius Gustus, 28, broke into a home in Antioch, Tennessee. Officers with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department responded to a call from a neighbor and found Gustus on the roof of the home, trying to escape and Greenlee was found inside hiding under a pile of clothes in a closet,” the press release said.

“A stolen, loaded .40 caliber Glock, taken from an earlier burglary, was found next to Greenlee, which he claimed belonged to the homeowner and a loaded 9mm pistol was found on the roof where Gustus was hiding. The homeowners testified that they did not own or possess a firearm. Greenlee was previously charged in December 2002 with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and pleaded guilty in July 2003. He was charged again with the same offense in May 2008 and also pleaded guilty to that charge. Greenlee was on supervised release when he committed the latest offense.”

Court officials have scheduled sentencing for February 14, 2022.  If the court finds that Greenlee is an armed career criminal then he faces up to life in prison, the press release said.

Gustus previously pleaded guilty. Court officials will sentence him early next year, the press release said.

In an unrelated case, officials in Memphis this week sentenced Deeric Walton, 25, to 57 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. This, according to a press release that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee published Thursday.

“According to information presented in court, on December 8, 2018, Memphis Police Department officers were searching for Deeric Walton at his residence on East Trophy Way. As officers announced their presence, they heard someone running throughout the apartment. Walton eventually answered the door, advising investigators that he was hiding guns. Law enforcement then transported the defendant to the MPD Homicide Office for a statement regarding a homicide,” the press release said.

“A search warrant for his apartment revealed in the living room, a Lorcin .380 caliber handgun; in a bedroom, a Zastava Arms 7.62x39mm caliber firearm with a 30-round magazine, and a stolen Charles Daly 1911 .45 ACP caliber handgun; in another bedroom, an FNH USA 9mm handgun and a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun. Walton was Mirandized and admitted to owning several of the handguns, having purchased all the guns ‘off the streets.’ As a juvenile, Walton was previously convicted of a robbery and was prosecuted as an adult. As a result of his prior conviction, Walton is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition. On November 19, 2020, a Federal Grand Jury in the Western District of Tennessee indicted the defendant for this offense. Walton pled guilty, May 20, 2021.”

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]




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5 Thoughts to “For the Third Time, Nashville Man Convicted of Being a Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm”

  1. Steve Allen

    Wait, I’ve got a great idea! let’s make the possession of handguns illegal. Then all the criminals will turn in their handguns and the problem will go away.

  2. Tim Price

    All this proves that the justice system, in Democratically controlled Davidson and Shelby counties, is a total joke! Yet these jokers want to tell everyone how to do their business? I think not!

  3. 83ragtop50

    This is very disturbing. Apparently these repeat offenders and others like them need to spend some serious time behind bars. I read more and more stories about offenders being released early only to commit more crimes. We need to be on the lookout for the push by Lee and the legislature for “criminal justice reform”. Code for “turn the criminals loose”.

  4. What?

    I don’t understand why this is even a story? Nashville, Tennessee is a Democrat Party controlled city. Check the area crime logs, this is typical, nightly/”weekend highs” news, for Democrat Party controlled cities like Nashville and Memphis.

    – This is NORMAL, for Democrat cities; this completely reflects the majority of Nashville’s voters’ wishes. And HAS, for many years, now. Decades in fact. Which is WHY this all appears so very odd to many of us. But the citizens, there, demand this as their new normal.

    So be it. And these cities ARE future-bound… destined… for MANY more of these stories, for decades to come, since their education systems created their local voters, who will only continue to “be”, who they are MADE to be.

    I know, I know… this IS insane for so many others; it’s “almost” Twilight Zone material.
    Maybe this one is, “Whatcha gonna do with a drunken sailor?”.

    So, for now, all WE can do, is let them be them; while we can all laugh at their weird idea of “progress, and civility”, and that the USA began in 1619.

    When it was, The USA!, that actually began the FIRST, successful, non-dictatorial government system, in the WORLD.

    We The People!

    Let us, We The People, keep “whoever/whatever they are” OUT of OUR cities & towns. PAY ATTENTION. Vote AGAINST this… unless you really DO enjoy these kinds of “news” stories.

    PS: Egad, what if “I” am the odd duck? My mindset? Then wow, I woke up… in, The Twilight Zone.

    1. FrankP

      No disagreement with your comments. But your approach only works if the city is walled off and the released perps are required to stay there. As it is, they are free to roam and do damage to those of us who want to see laws upheld and violators serve their designated time.