A Davenport man was sentenced Tuesday, Jan. 24 to 20 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of tampering with a witness.

In August 2022, Roylee Richardson, Jr., 32, went to trial and was found guilty by a federal jury. According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, at approximately 11 a.m. on Feb. 7, 2021, Davenport Police Department officers were dispatched to an apartment complex at 3348 Heatherton Drive in Davenport, related to shots fired, according to a Wednesday Justice Department release.

Roylee Richardson, Jr. (photo: Scott County Jail) – February 7, 2021.

Officers located spent casings and two bullet fragments. Richardson was identified as the shooter, and officers subsequently located Richardson attempting to scale off a second-story balcony. Officers then located a loaded pistol inside of the apartment that Richardson had fled from.

After being arrested, Richardson repeatedly contacted the victim, and attempted to tamper with the witness’s testimony. This is the third time Richardson has been convicted for charges related to a shooting.

In November 2008, Richardson was convicted of Willful Injury Resulting in Bodily Injury and
Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, in the Iowa District Court for Scott County. In July 2016,
Richardson was convicted of Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent, Possession of a
Firearm or Offensive Weapon by a Felon, Willful Injury Resulting in Bodily Injury, and Going
Armed with Intent, in the Iowa District Court for Scott County.

Richardson was sentenced to the maximum term of imprisonment for each offense, with
the sentences to be served concurrently: 10 years in prison for the firearm conviction and 20
years in prison for the witness tampering charges.

After his prison term, Richardson was ordered to 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. This case was investigated by the Davenport Police Department. This case is part
of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement
and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our
neighborhoods safer for everyone.