Man sentenced to 70 months in prison


A Rock Island man was sentenced to prison Thursday for being a felon in possession of a gun.

Maurice Lavon Cowan, 26, was sentenced by United States Chief District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 70 months in prison, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum.

Cowan also was ordered to serve three years of supervised release after his prison term, and pay $100 to the Crime Victim Compensation Fund.

Cowan pleaded guilty on November 16, 2018.

On January 18, 2018, Davenport, police officers attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Cowan. Cowan drove away from officers and crashed his vehicle. Cowan then ran from the vehicle, throwing a loaded Ruger nine-millimeter pistol into the snow. Cowan had previously been convicted of felony offenses in 2011 (aggravated robbery) and in 2017.

This matter was investigated by the Davenport, Police Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office-Southern District of Iowa.

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. 

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