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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Iowa
Richard D. Westphal, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Thursday, February 16, 2023

Pottawattamie County Man Sentenced for Firearm Offense

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – Cornelius Lavaughn David, age 35, of Council Bluffs, was sentenced on February 15, 2023, to 30 months in prison following his plea of guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. After he is released from prison, David will serve three years of supervised release.

In January 2022, David possessed and sold a firearm that was reported stolen. Prior to possessing the firearm, David was convicted of a felony which prohibited him from possessing firearms.

United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. The Omaha Police Department, Council Bluffs Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), 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. In May 2021, the Department of Justice launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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