Galesburg man sentenced to federal prison for straw purchases

A Galesburg man has been sentenced to four years in federal prison after admitting he lied when he purchased multiple guns from a licensed firearms dealer.

On September 27th, 28-year-old Marvin Louis Davis pleaded guilty to providing a false address to the firearms dealer in April of 2016, when he purchased eight handguns and one long gun. At that time, Davis lived in a public housing complex where firearms were prohibited.

Last week, the government presented evidence before U.S. District Judge Sara Darrow that one of the guns that Davis purchased was later recovered at the scene of an armed robbery in Peoria, while another was recovered at the scene of a shooting in Peoria. Other firearms were in the possession of a convicted felon.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Galesburg Police Department; and the Peoria MEG conducted the criminal investigation while Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alyssa Raya and Kevin Knight represented the government in the prosecution.

Davis has been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since January 11th, when his pretrial release was revoked for violating the conditions of his bond.

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