Memphis, TN – Christopher Cobb, 33, was sentenced to 84 months in federal prison for
be a criminal in possession of a firearm. Joseph C. Murphy Jr., United States Attorney, announced
guilty plea today.
According to information presented to the court, on the afternoon of April 22, 2021,
Christopher Cobb called the US Social Security Administration (“SSA”) office in Memphis,
Tennessee to inquire about the status of his application. Cobb became furious when the official informed
him that his request had been rejected and that he should appeal. The call was interrupted
by the SSA when Cobb became enraged and began using profanity. A few minutes later, Cobb called
back and threatened to “blow up” the Social Security building the next day.
A search of the accused’s home revealed an M-1 rifle and ammunition. After being advised
of and waiving his Miranda rights, Cobb admitted to making the threat and also possessing the
M-1 rifle and ammunition.
Cobb has previous convictions of aggravated assault, convicted felon in possession of a firearm,
failure to appear in a felony and robbery case. As a result of his earlier crime
convictions, Cobb is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms and ammunition.
On March 2, 2022, Cobb pleaded guilty to communicating a threat and being a felon in possession
of a firearm.
On June 9, 2022, U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Parker sentenced Cobb to 84 months in
federal prison followed by a three-year supervised release. There’s no
parole in the federal system.
“The safety of our citizens and communities is a top Homeland Security priority.
Investigations (HSI) and threats against government facilities and employees must be undertaken
seriously,” said Jerry C. Templet Jr., Special Agent in Charge of HSI Nashville.
efforts of our special agents, in conjunction with their law enforcement partners, are reflected in the
conviction of this previously convicted criminal.
“This sentence reflects the seriousness of Mr. Cobb’s actions and should serve as a warning to anyone
which threatens any SSA official who is merely carrying out their duties. This behavior will not be
tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Gail S. Ennis, Inspector
General of the Social Security Administration. “I thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office for
pursue this matter.
This matter was investigated by the Inspector General’s Office of Social Security Administration
and homeland security investigations.
Assistant United States Attorneys Greg Wagner and Steven Hall prosecuted this case on behalf of the