Man sentenced to 4 years in prison for gun purchase

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

Marvin Louis Davis, 28, pleaded guilty on September 27, 2018 to providing a false address to the firearms dealer in April 2016, when he purchased eight handguns and one long gun.

At the time of purchase, Davis lived in a public housing complex where firearms are prohibited.

At sentencing on Tuesday, before U.S. District Judge Sara Darrow, the government presented evidence that one of the guns Davis purchased was later recovered at the scene of an armed robbery in Peoria; 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. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alyssa Raya and Kevin Knight represented the government in the case prosecution.

Davis has been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since Jan. 11, 2019, when Davis’s pretrial release was revoked for violating his bond conditions.

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