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

Monday, December 22, 2014

Davenport Man Sentenced in Federal Court for Possession of Firearm as Felon

DAVENPORT, IA- On December 19, 2014, Ronnell Monshanique Henderson, age 33, of Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose to 100 months imprisonment, after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm as a felon, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Henderson was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release following his conviction, and to pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund.

On March 20, 2014, officers with the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department responded to a report of a burglary in progress. Witnesses were able to provide a description of the subjects involved as well as a description and license plate number of the maroon SUV they left in. Davenport police officers in the area observed a vehicle with occupants that matched this description and conducted a traffic stop.

Henderson stepped out of the vehicle at the request of the officers, and an officer instructed him to turn around and face the vehicle. As Henderson started to turn, he swung his arm back, struck the officer and attempted to run. Two officers were able to catch Henderson and physically placed him on the ground. Henderson continued to physically resist. Henderson kept his hands underneath him and failed to respond to repeated commands to give officers his hands. Officers were finally able to get control of Henderson’s hands. Henderson continued to physically struggle with officers as they searched him. Officers found a loaded black revolver in Henderson’s right front jacket pocket. Both officers sustained injuries as a result of Henderson’s resistance to arrest.

The firearm seized was an Uberti Outlaw 44/40 caliber revolver loaded with five rounds, which had been reported stolen in February 2011. Prior to March 20, 2014, Henderson had been convicted of a robbery, a Class C felony under Iowa law.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department. This 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 April 13, 2015