Judge Suggests That "Man Man" Move To Another City After Finishing Federal Sentence

Thursday, November 7, 2013
Clarence "Man Man" Burton
Clarence "Man Man" Burton

A judge suggested Thursday that a young man who was allegedly involved in several Chattanooga shootings may want to settle in a different city when he is released from federal prison.

Judge Curtis Collier said 21-year-old Clarence "Man Man" Burton is "bright and intelligent" and may better be able to turn his life around away from Chattanooga where his attorney said he has received a number of threats.

Myrlene Marsa said Burton was armed with a weapon due to the threats when he was arrested on federal charges.

She said he was threatened when he tried to get out of a gang and now he regrets joining the gang.

Judge Collier said a letter written to him by Burton "is one of the most impressive letters I have ever received."

The judge sentenced Burton to serve 37 months in federal prison on a felon in possession of a weapon charge.

As a 17-year-old Burton was already in adult court facing charges in one shooting, had been bound over in another, and was a suspect in still more shootings.

Prosecutor Rachel Winfrey said at the time that Burton had been declared "incorrigible" in Juvenile Court and all his cases shifted to adult court.

A man testified in General Sessions Court four years ago that he was standing near where another individual was working on a car when "Man Man" drove up in a small black car and began firing at him. He said he ran to one side of a car for cover, then to a side of a house. Still, he was struck in the side.

The witness said he first thought the shots were coming from down the street because they were so loud, then he turned and saw that "Man Man" was aiming at him. He said "Man Man" was driving and shooting over the top of a front seat passenger who was ducking down.

He said he did not know "Man Man" and had seen him only once - on the Westside about a month before. He said they did not have any kind of clash then except "Man Man" drove by and gave him a look. He said he was talking with his brother and some females. He said his brother stated that "Man Man" had shot at him, and he said the females said "Man Man" had just shot another person in the face.

On Jan. 25 of this year, police went to a house in Chattanooga to arrest Burton on an outstanding warrant. A search of a safe found in the house yielded two firearms and other items.



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