DAVENPORT, IA – On July 18, 2012, Dietrich Anthony Wilmington, age 23, from Davenport, Iowa was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Robert W. Pratt, having previously pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Wilmington was also ordered to be placed on two years of supervised release and pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund.
Wilmington was prohibited from possession of a firearm after a 2010 Scott County, Iowa conviction for a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. On April 24, 2011, officers of the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department investigating bullet holes in an apartment came into contact with two subjects, one later identified as Wilmington. When the officers asked to speak to Wilmington, he ran, pursued by police into the grounds of a nearby Ralston Purina plant. Wilmington refused repeated commands to stop. When cornered, Wilmington refused repeated commands to get on the ground.
After apprehending Wilmington, officers retraced his flight route, recovering a 9mm handgun, two loaded clips and numerous rounds of ammunition. Wilmington later admitted possessing the handgun and ammunition. Police also determined that earlier that same day, Wilmington fired several shots in the air from the same 9mm handgun while driving in the area of Kirkwood Boulevard and Pershing Street in Davenport. Shell casings from this location were matched by the Iowa Division of Criminalistics Laboratory to the 9mm handgun recovered from Wilmington.
This case was investigated by the ATF and the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department, and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa.