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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Florida

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
A. Lee Bentley, III
, United States Attorney
Contact: William Daniels

Multi-Convicted Felon Sentenced to 15 Years for Possession of a Loaded Firearm

Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday today sentenced Quinton Justin Davis (27, Sarasota) to 15 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Davis pleaded guilty on January 21, 2014.

According to court documents, on October 17, 2013, officers from the Sarasota Police Department arrested Davis on an outstanding warrant. Pursuant to the arrest, they located a loaded Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun in his waistband. Davis had previously been convicted of multiple felonies prior to his October 2013 arrest, including drug trafficking and firearm offenses, and was therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Sarasota Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer L. Peresie.

It is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy.  United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III, along with Julie Leon, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials. It is also a part of ATF’s Frontline strategy to reduce violent crime and improving the quality of life in communities where law enforcement efforts are focused.


Tampa Field Division