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Burlington Man Sentenced to 120 Months Imprisonment for Felon in Possession of a Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Iowa

DAVENPORT, IA - On February 22, 2017, Anthony Maurice Walls, 41, of Burlington, Iowa, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger to 120 months in prison on the charge of felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. Walls was ordered to serve three years of supervised release to follow his prison term and to pay $100 to the Crime Victims’ Fund. Walls was found guilty of this charge by a Davenport jury on October 4, 2016.

Evidence presented at trial showed that just before midnight on October 23, 2015, Walls was involved in a dispute with two other people in Burlington. After the dispute, Walls entered a Burlington residence, and stole a shotgun and ammunition. Walls loaded the shotgun and attempted to leave the residence to return to the scene of the dispute. When occupants of the residence attempted to stop him, Walls, in an effort to appease them, tossed a small amount of crack cocaine at them. A concerned citizen saw Walls and called 911 while he was walking with the shotgun back to the scene of the dispute. Burlington police officers responded, and placed Walls into custody. Officers recovered the shotgun and additional crack cocaine nearby. Walls had multiple prior felony convictions from Des Moines and Henry Counties in Iowa.

This matter was investigated by the Burlington Police Department and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa as part of the Project Safe Neighborhood initiative.


Learn more about this release by contacting Rachel J. Scherle at 515-473-9300, or by emailing her at


Updated February 27, 2017

Firearms Offenses