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Iowa Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Assaulting an Intimate Partner

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Is his sixth conviction involving domestic violence

A man who punched the mother of his children in the face twice was sentenced today to over a year in federal prison.

Dawson Davenport, age 42, from Tama, Iowa, received the prison term after a December 21, 2022 guilty plea to assault of an intimate partner resulting in substantial bodily injury.

Information from the case showed that on January 24, 2022, Davenport was intoxicated and involved in a fight with another man.  The victim, who was the mother of three of Davenport’s children, tried to separate the two men.  She then retreated into a nearby house and sat on the couch.  Davenport entered the home and punched the victim in the face twice, striking near her left eye each time.  He attempted to punch her a third time but missed and fell onto the victim.  Davenport has previously been convicted of domestic assault five times in state court. 

Davenport was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Davenport was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Davenport is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Morfitt and investigated by the Meskwaki Nation Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-cr-66.

Updated April 13, 2023

Violent Crime
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