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Iowa City Man Sentenced to 180 Months in Federal Prison for Prohibited Possession of Ammunition Charge

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

DAVENPORT, Iowa – An Iowa City man was sentenced on January 22, 2024 to 180 months in federal prison for being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition. On June 28, 2023, Antonio Mashawn Airhart, 33, was found guilty following a three-day jury trial.

According to public court documents and evidence presented at trial, on July 2, 2022, Airhart was involved in a dispute that culminated in an exchange of gunfire with another subject. During this exchange, Airhart fired at least thirteen shots, and injured the victim. Airhart had been previously convicted of felony offenses and was prohibited from possessing any firearms or ammunition.

After completing his term of imprisonment, Airhart will be required to serve three years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. This case was investigated by the Iowa City Police Department.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. PSN, an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime, is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.


Public Information Officer 

Updated January 25, 2024

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