ROCKFORD – A Rockford man was sentenced today in federal court to 7 years in federal prison without parole for illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
21-year-old David Powell, also known as “Dawud Akeem Powell,” , pleaded guilty to the charge on Sept. 13, 2012. Powell was also ordered to serve 3 years of supervised release following his release from prison.
The defendant was arrested on February 14, 2012, by Rockford Police officers. When he was arrested, Powell had in his possession a Sig Sauer Model P522 .22 caliber pistol. Prior to his arrest on February 14th, Powell had previously been convicted of felonies, including a July 1, 2010, conviction for aggravated burglary, in Davidson County, Tennessee.
Powell 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.