Turtle Creek Felon Pleads Guilty to Firearms Charges after 3 Days of Trial
PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to two charges of possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
Iklas Richard Davis, age 37, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer. Davis pleaded guilty after three days of trial and after the government rested its case.
In connection with the trial and guilty pleas, the court was advised that, on or about July 27, 2016 and October 12, 2017, Davis, who has a prior felony conviction in Pennsylvania, knowingly possessed several firearms and ammunition. Law enforcement officers discovered the firearms and ammunition during the execution of a search warrant of Davis’s home and vehicle in 2016. One of the firearms was an AR-15 assault rifle engraved with the phrase "Let it Rain" and included graphics of skulls. Some of the ammunition were forty rounds contained in an extended magazine compatible with the AR-15. Davis shared that home with Quinyahta Rochelle, who has pleaded guilty to celebrity hacking, identity theft and firearms offenses. She is awaiting sentencing.
After the 2016 search warrant, Davis was charged by Wilkins Township Police Department and released on bond. However, United States Secret Service agents, working with the Allegheny County Police, subsequently developed evidence that Rochelle and Davis were engaged in various identity-theft related activities. Thus, Rochelle and Davis were both federally indicted for firearms-related offenses based on the 2016 search warrant, and law enforcement executed both the arrest warrants, which were for firearms-related offenses based on the 2016 search warrant, and new search warrants seeking evidence of identity-theft related offenses, on October 12, 2017. During that search, agents recovered another loaded firearm in the master bedroom closet, along with numerous rounds of ammunition and a bulletproof vest. Davis admitted to possessing that firearm, and he was federally indicted a second time for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. The two firearm cases – one based on the 2016 search warrant and the other based on the 2017 search warrant – were consolidated for trial, which began on November 5, 2018.
Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing for April 4, 2019 at 9 a.m. The law provides for a maximum sentence on each count of up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorneys Brendan T. Conway and Nicole Vasquez Schmitt are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The United States Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Allegheny County Police Department, and the Wilkins Township Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Davis.