A Waterloo man who possessed a firearm less than a year after he was released from federal prison for possessing a firearm illegally was sentenced today to more than two additional years in federal prison. Dereon Equwan Davenport, also known as Dereon Galloway, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 18, 2022 guilty plea to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
At Davenport’s guilty plea hearing and other hearings in his cases, Davenport admitted that he was convicted in U.S. District Court of possession of a firearm by a drug user in 2019. The district court sentenced Davenport to 21 months’ imprisonment for that crime, and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons released Davenport from custody in December 2020. In July 2021, while Davenport was on supervised release with the U.S. Probation Office for his 2019 firearms crime, Davenport was arrested during a traffic stop in Waterloo and a loaded, chambered firearm was found in a pocket in his pants. In November 2021, Davenport was arrested in Cedar Falls and later convicted of harassing a public official and driving while under suspension. While on supervised release, Davenport also used controlled substances multiple times, failed to undergo required drug testing and treatment, failed to maintain employment, and did not notify the probation office of his whereabouts.
Davenport was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Davenport was sentenced to 33 months’ imprisonment, which consists of 21 months of imprisonment for the new firearms conviction and a consecutive 12 months of imprisonment for violating the terms of his supervised release in his 2019 firearms case. Davenport must also serve a new three-year term of supervised release after the prison term imposed in the new case. 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 Timothy L. Vavricek and investigated by the Waterloo Police Department.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.
Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.
The case file numbers are 22-CR-2005 and 18-CR-2055.
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