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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Waterloo Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Possessing a Gun with a Large Capacity Magazine

Was a Felon Previously Convicted of Willful Injury and Robbery

A Waterloo man who possessed a loaded Springfield XD pistol with a sixteen round magazine was sentenced May 30, 2018, to more than five years in federal prison.

Durius Antwan Davis, age 26, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a November 13, 2017, guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a felon.  At the guilty plea, Davis admitted that he possessed the loaded Springfield XD pistol in January 2017.  Davis had previously been convicted of willful injury causing serious injury in 2010 and robbery in 2011.  The willful injury conviction stemmed from an incident where Davis shot another man in the abdomen multiple times.

Davis was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  Davis was sentenced to 63 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Davis 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 Attorneys Ravi T. Narayan and Emily K. Nydle and were investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Waterloo Police Department, the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, the Cedar Falls Police Department, the Cedar Rapids Police Department, the Iowa City Police Department, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.   In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 17-cr-2049. 

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Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated May 31, 2018