A LaGrange man accused of possessing a sawed-off shotgun during a domestic violence episode is now heading to prison.
Robert Bentley Davis, 60, was sentenced to one year in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Davis entered a guilty plea in June to the offenses of unlawful possession of an unregistered firearm in violation of the National Firearms Act, and unlawful possession of a sawed-off shotgun.
Last September, deputies responded to a residence in LaGrange concerning a domestic dispute between Davis and his wife. Upon arrival, deputies encountered Davis’s wife crying hysterically and observed heavy bleeding from several areas of her head and severe bruises around her eyes, according to U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.
Davis continued to verbally assault of his wife after the deputies arrived on the scene, Pak said.
Davis’s wife informed the deputies that her husband was concealing a firearm inside the residence. Officers subsequently recovered a half-cocked, Stevens Model 94C, .410 gauge sawed-off shotgun under a pillow in a couch in the living room. Officers then arrested Davis for the assault of his wife and for his unlawful possession of an unregistered sawed-off shotgun.
“Davis has a history of committing acts of violence, so his possession of an illegal sawed-off shotgun greatly increased the potential for a fatal incident to occur in the home,” said Pak. “Thankfully, through the coordinated work of our federal and local law enforcement partners, this dangerous and violent offender will now serve time in federal prison.”
The case was investigated as a part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative – a collaborative work done by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Troup County Sheriff’s Office and the Coweta County Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office to assist the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“The District Attorney’s office expresses our continued appreciation of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative and values working with the United States Attorney and other participants to keep our communities safe from violent crime,” said Herb Cranford, district attorney for the Coweta Judicial Circuit.
“We sincerely believe this initiative provides our local communities a crucial layer of protection against gun violence,” Cranford said. “As a result, Robert Bentley Davis, who brutally assaulted his wife while in possession of a sawed-off shotgun, has been brought to justice.”