Philadelphia Man Found Guilty by Jury on Murder-For-Hire Charges; Attempted Homicide in Southwest Philadelphia Thwarted
PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Dennis D. Davis, 34, of Levittown, PA was convicted today at trial of one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. The trial took place before United States District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg.
Davis was arrested after a dramatic car chase in July 2017. The defendant refused to pull over for Middletown Township Police, and a pursuit ensued. Davis continued to flee at a high speed and caused a crash at a busy intersection near the border of Middletown and Bristol Townships. He pulled his damaged vehicle into a parking lot and fled on foot. As he fled from police officers, Davis discarded a purse containing a firearm, drug paraphernalia, and crack cocaine. Police officers eventually caught Davis and took him into custody. The officers recovered the purse and its contents and also found over $1,000 in cash in the defendant’s car.
The government presented evidence at trial that included the physical evidence recovered at the scene, fingerprints from the gun, civilian eyewitnesses, and several law enforcement witnesses who participated in the chase and the defendant’s arrest.
“Firearms and drugs in the hands of convicted felons like Davis undeniably pose a serious threat to our community” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “Davis further endangered the community by refusing to comply with officers’ lawful commands and causing an unnecessary high speed chase and subsequent crash. Luckily, no innocent civilians were hurt or killed and Davis has now been held accountable for his criminal conduct. We remain steadfast in our commitment to working with our federal partners to clear the streets of illegal firearms and drugs and to protect the public.”
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael J. Rinaldi and Melanie Babb Wilmoth.