Three Quad Cities Men Convicted for Attempted Armed Robbery, Gun Offenses
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – Three Quad Cities area men are scheduled for sentencing in March after a jury convicted them this week for attempted armed robbery of a Rock Island home. The jury returned guilty verdicts against Deaunta Tyler, 30, and Dalvent Jackson, 25, both of East Moline, Ill., and Ledell Tyler, 36, of Silvis. Each was convicted on Nov. 15, of attempted robbery, discharging a firearm in furtherance of the attempted robbery, and being felons in possession of firearms.
Evidence at trial established that on the evening of Jan. 7, 2017, the three men invaded a family home in Rock Island in search of drugs. During the attempted robbery, the defendants threatened to shoot various occupants of the home, including two pregnant women and several young children. Trial evidence also established that one of the men discharged a firearm during the robbery in an effort to further intimidate the victims. Approximately five hours after the attempted robbery, officers of the Rock Island Police Department arrested the men after they fled from a traffic stop and crashed their vehicle.
Sentencing has been scheduled on March 13, 2018, in Rock Island, before U.S. District Judge Sara Darrow. At sentencing, each defendant faces up to 30 years in prison for the attempted armed robbery and felon in possession of a firearm charges, and a mandatory minimum 10 years to life in prison for discharging a firearm in furtherance of the attempted robbery to be served consecutive to any other sentence imposed for the underlying offenses.
The Rock Island Police Department investigated the charges. Law enforcement personnel from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Illinois State Police also assisted in the investigation and testified at trial. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Don Allegro and Kevin Knight.