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

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Rock Island, IL, Man Sentenced To 100 Months Of Imprisonment For Possession Of A Firearm In Connection With Attempted Murder

DAVENPORT, IA – On January 16, 2014, DeMarko Onslow Williams, age 25, of Rock Island, Illinois, was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge James E. Gritzner to 100 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Williams was also ordered to serve two years of supervised release.

On March 31, 2013, Williams walked into the parking lot of The Chorus Line gentlemen’s club and fired multiple shots at a group of people standing near the entrance of the business. Williams did not hit anyone but his shots hit vehicles and the business’ front door in the immediate vicinity of numerous bystanders. Williams is a known affiliate of Fifth St. Mafia, aka Zone Fifth, a street gang in Rock Island, Illinois. Multiple members of the rival Davenport gang, Savage Life, aka 12th Street Boys, were standing in front of The Chorus Line when Williams opened fire. Davenport, Iowa, Police officers responded to the scene and Williams and another individual led the police on a high-speed vehicle pursuit that ended with Williams’ vehicle crashing into a fence. Williams then fled on foot and discarded the handgun that he had used in the shooting. Bullet casings recovered from The Chorus Line were analyzed and were determined to have been fired by the gun discarded by Williams.

This case was investigated by the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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Updated March 12, 2015