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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Northern District of Illinois

For Immediate Release

September 21, 2012

Gary S. Shapiro, United States Attorney

Contact: Tiffany Tracy
(312) 353-1412

Rockford Man Sentenced to 192 Months in Prison for Possessing a Firearm as a Convicted Felon

ROCKFORD – A Rockford, Ill. man was sentenced today in federal court before U.S. District Judge Philip G. Reinhard to 192 months in federal prison without parole for illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. Hubert T. Davenport, 40, pleaded guilty to the charge on June 18, 2012. Davenport was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release following his release from prison.

Davenport was originally charged in state court and was transferred to federal court where he was charged under tough federal firearms laws as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program. Project Safe Neighborhoods is an intensive, cooperative effort between local, state, and federal law enforcement to attack gun crimes. The cornerstone of the program is that every defendant committing an offense involving a gun will be reviewed for possible federal prosecution in order to obtain the harshest penalties for the worst offenders. Additional information about Project Safe Neighborhoods may be found at

The sentencing was announced by Gary S. Shapiro, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; W. Larry Ford, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the ATF; Joseph Bruscato, Winnebago County State's Attorney; and Chet Epperson, Chief of the Rockford Police Department.

The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph C. Pedersen.