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Federal Court Sentences Davenport Man on Charge of Being a Fugitive in Possession of a Firearm

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

DAVENPORT, IA - On November 19, 2015, Darion Daquan Gardner, age 19, of Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced by Chief United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 30 months in prison on the charge of fugitive in possession of a firearm, announced Acting United States Attorney Kevin VanderSchel. Gardner was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release following the period of imprisonment, and to pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund.

In May 2014, the United States Marshal’s Service began attempting to locate Gardner, a fugitive from Mississippi, in the Davenport area. On August 13, 2014, officers received information that Gardner was at a certain Davenport residence and was armed with a firearm. When officers went to the residence, Gardner barricaded himself in a bedroom for approximately 20 minutes, but then surrendered without incident. A stolen and loaded Smith and Wesson .40 caliber pistol was recovered in the residence. Under federal law, fugitives are prohibited from possessing a firearm.

This matter was investigated by the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department, United States Marshal’s Service, 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 November 23, 2015

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