Mesquite, Texas, Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Possessing a Firearm in Central Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A Mesquite, Texas, man, Anthony Davis, 32, of the 2000 block of Aloha Drive, was sentenced on July 7, 2022, to 30 months in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, to be followed by 36 months of supervised release for possessing a firearm after having previously been convicted of a felony.

At the sentencing hearing in front of U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough, the government presented evidence that Davis was stopped by the Illinois State Police (ISP) while traveling on Interstate 55 for having an obstructed license plate. The ISP trooper learned that Davis’s driver’s license was suspended and a lit marijuana “blunt” was found in the car. A subsequent search of the vehicle uncovered a Hi Point Model CF 380 pistol with a defaced serial number and multiple magazines. Davis has multiple prior felony convictions from Macon County, Illinois, including failure to register as a sex offender, theft, and identity theft.

The statutory penalties for possession of a firearm by a felon are not more than 10 years in prison, not more than three years of supervised release, and not more than a $250,000 fine. The sentence imposed was within the advisory range calculated using the United States Sentencing Commission Sentencing Guidelines.

The Illinois State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorney Sarah E. Seberger represented the government in the prosecution.