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Savage Life Boys Gang Member Sentenced to Federal Prison for Firearms Charge

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

DAVENPORT, IA – A Davenport man was sentenced on Monday, April 24, 2023, to 60 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of firearms.

In December 2021, law enforcement identified Milton Lee Howard, Jr., 21, after conducting surveillance at a residence in Davenport. Howard had an active arrest warrant for escape. Howard, a Savage Life Boys gang member, and four additional Savage Life Boys members left that residence in a vehicle, which law enforcement followed to a gas station. Law enforcement blocked the vehicle in, detained the occupants, searched the vehicle, and arrested Howard. Four firearms, an extended magazine, marijuana, and four cell phones were located inside the vehicle. A forensic examination was performed on the seized phones, as well as on the vehicle occupants’ social media accounts. The examination revealed photographs and videos of Howard and other gang members displaying firearms, including two firearms seized from the vehicle. At the time of his arrest, Howard knew he was prohibited from possessing firearms due to his status as a felon.

Following his prison term, Howard must also serve a three-year term 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. The Davenport Police Department investigated the case.


MacKenzie Tubbs
Public Information Officer 

Updated April 27, 2023

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