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East Moline Man Sentenced to Prison for Making False Statements

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

DAVENPORT, IA – On January 14, 2016, De’Andre Lee Hodges, 22, of East Moline, Illinois, was sentenced by Senior United States District Court Judge James E. Gritzner to two (2) 10 month prison terms for making false statements during the purchases of firearms, announced Acting United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. The two 10 month prison terms were ordered to be served concurrently. Hodges was ordered to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term and to pay $200 to the Crime Victims’ Fund. Hodges was also ordered to forfeit the Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol, Smith and Wesson .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol, American Tactical Import .22 Rifle, and ammunition involved in the offenses.

Hodges pleaded guilty to two counts of making false statements during the purchase of a firearm on September 16, 2015. According to the plea agreement, on August 15, 2014, Hodges purchased a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun from a licensed gun dealer in Davenport and filled out the required Form 4473. All licensed dealers are required to obtain and retain the address of the purchaser of a firearm. This information is collected on the Form 4473 and required to be kept by the dealer.

On April 7, 2015, Hodges purchased two more guns from the same licensed gun dealer, a Smith and Wesson .40-caliber pistol, an American Tactical Import .22 Rifle, and ammunition. Hodges again filled out the required Form 4473.

Hodges reported to police on April 15, 2015, that two handguns were stolen from his garage. During the investigation, Hodges was interviewed and admitted he lived in Illinois – not Davenport – as he reported during his gun purchases on the Forms 4473.

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.

Updated January 15, 2016

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