Memphis man convicted for squatting in home

Memphis man convicted for squatting in home


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Shelby County jury has convicted a man of theft for squatting in a foreclosed home after claiming that he was sovereign citizen and he didn't have to follow the laws.

The district attorney general's office in Shelby County said Devitoe Farmer was convicted of theft over $10,000 on Thursday and will be sentenced April 22.

Farmer was arrested on April 8, 2010, after officers came to evict him from a home that he claimed to have purchased through an "Affidavit of Truth" that he filed at the register's office.

He claimed that the affidavit showed that he did not follow the laws that the officers were seeking to enforce and that he did not recognize the legal property owner of the home.

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