CLINTON — A man on Thursday was ordered to serve a term of incarceration not to exceed five years for a felony weapons charge.

Curtis J. Marquette, 28, of Davenport, appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court for sentencing regarding possession of a firearm by a felon, a class D felony. Marquette pleaded guilty to the charge Nov. 21.

Assistant County Attorney Amanda Myers requested the court concur with the recommendation from the Department of Corrections for incarceration. She referenced his prior criminal history and his violation of parole 56 days after being placed on prison parole. She described Marquette as a good person who has a severe drug addiction. She hopes Marquette's incarceration will allow him to make changes he said in the Pre-Sentence Investigation report he wants to make.

Defense Attorney Judd Parker admitted Marquette has a criminal history stemming from his drug use. He did not believe the prison system can adequately treat his drug issues. He requested the court consider placing Marquette in the Residential Corrections Facility, admitting previous treatment attempts in the past failed.

Marquette told the court he realized while incarcerated he has a "huge drug problem." He said he realized he needs to make a change in his life, which means putting past associations behind him and starting fresh. He said he was willing to try the halfway house, telling the court "you will no longer see me in this courtroom."

District Court Judge Nancy Tabor agreed substance abuse is Marquette's major issue. She expressed concern about his previous failure at the Residential Corrections Facility, stating he previously burned bridges and they do not normally take back people. She added there are no additional treatments in the community, even though the treatment options in prison are "not any better."

"Right now, the court's going to find the best chance for rehab is placement where illegal drugs are not available," Tabor said.

Tabor ordered Marquette to serve a term of incarceration not to exceed five years for possession of a firearm by a felon. The sentence was ordered to run concurrently with any parole violation sentence imposed in a separate felony case. Marquette was given credit for time served in the Clinton County Jail in connection with the case. A $750 fine was suspended.

According to the affidavit, at approximately 11 p.m. Oct. 12, an officer observed an occupied gray in color Pontiac with Illinois plates park on the corner of Glendale and North Circle Drive. The officer parked the patrol vehicle behind the vehicle and observed a male get out of the backseat of the vehicle. The officer made contact with the male before he left walking on foot. The officer then made contact with the driver. While talking with the driver, a separate officer observed syringes in open view on the driver side.

The driver was asked to step out of the vehicle. The driver handed the officer a black case containing multiple syringes and two small baggies containing a crystal like substance, consistent with methamphetamine. The officer subsequently secured the driver.

The affidavit states a separate officer made contact with Marquette, who was a passenger in the vehicle. Marquette asked the officer if he was free to leave and the officer indicated he was. The other officer returned to the vehicle and looked into the driver's side compartment and observed a gun sitting on the front passenger side door. Marquette was relocated after a short foot pursuit. The firearm was a sawed-off shotgun with a round located in the chamber. During the search of Marquette, a shell was located in his pants pocket.

Staff Writer John Rohlf can be reached at jrohlf@clintonherald.com

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