Credit: U.S. Attorney’s Office – Northern District/Mississippi news release
A Corinth man was sentenced to 14 years in prison for burglarizing a gun store, possessing stolen firearms, and transporting those firearms.
According to court documents, Galvin Dwayne Davis, 39, was involved in the Aug. 1, 2019 burglary of TNT Pawn in Booneville. Davis and his co-defendants stole 49 firearms and transported those guns to Chicago. The group sold those guns on the street in Chicago. A number of those guns have been involved in shootings in Chicago and recovered by Chicago Police.
Davis was also ordered to pay restitution to TNT Pawn over $42,000 for the value of the stolen firearms and damage to the property.
“The crimes committed by this defendant had a far-reaching effect and the guns illegally transferred were used to victimize others,” remarked U.S. Attorney Clay Joyner. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi will continue to prioritize the prosecution of violent crimes and gun crimes and we hope that the 14-year sentence imposed in this case will serve as a deterrent to others who might consider engaging in illegal firearms sales and trafficking.”
“In our effort to disrupt violent gun crime in our community, ATF will continue to focus efforts on prohibited individuals, like this repeat offender, who steal firearms and unlawfully possess firearms,” said ATF New Orleans Special Agent in Charge Kurt Thielhorn. “The sentence imposed today sends a message to individuals who are prohibited from possessing firearms that we will continue to work to keep our neighborhoods safe as the top priority for ATF.”
Davis’s co-defendant, Marquis McCray, is set to be sentenced for his role on Feb. 16.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Oxford Resident Agency, Booneville Police Department, Corinth Police Department, and the Chicago Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Parker S. King prosecuted 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. On May 26, 2021, the Department 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.