The owner of a former Sunrise Beach strip joint faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 after pleading guilty to illegally possessing 31 firearms.
Jimmy Duane Davis, 55, of Sunrise Beach, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Matt J. Whitworth to being a felon in possession of firearms.
Davis is the owner of the Eclipse Gentleman’s Club. The club is not currently open for business.
Davis entered the guilty plea on Tuesday.
Federal law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at Davis’s residence and neighboring business on Aug. 19, 2010, after receiving a report that Davis was in possession of firearms. A gun safe in the basement contained 30 shotguns, rifles and handguns. Agents also observed numerous rounds of ammunition around the room, and a Springfield Armory 9 mm semi-automatic pistol in a case on top of the gun safe. In addition, five shotgun shells were found in an upstairs bedroom.
According to the plea agreement, Davis purchased 12 firearms-specific hunting permits between 2006 and 2009.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearms or ammunition. Davis has two prior felony convictions for trafficking in methamphetamine and a prior felony conviction for selling marijuana.
Under federal statutes, Davis is subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and IRS-Criminal Investigation.