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

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Davenport Man Found Guilty of Felon in Possession of a Firearm

DAVENPORT, IA – On May 11, 2016, Xavier Elfonsto Buckner, age 27, of Davenport, Iowa, was found guilty after a three day jury trial presided over by Chief District Court Judge John A. Jarvey, announced Acting United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel.

The jury found that on August 11, 2015, Buckner knowingly possessed a .380 caliber Smith and Wesson Bodyguard handgun that was manufactured outside of the state of Iowa. Evidence presented at trial described that Buckner possessed this handgun after a vehicle, in which Buckner was a passenger, fled from the Davenport Police Department. An Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalist testified that based on ballistics testing, the firearm seized from Buckner on August 11 was the same firearm connected to spent shell casings seized after an earlier shooting that occurred in the 700 block of W. 14th Street on August 3, 2015. Buckner was found to have a conviction in 2006 for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding of one year.

This matter was investigated by the Davenport Police Department and the 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.

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Updated May 12, 2016