A Davenport man who has the same name as an infamous bank robber has been sentenced to prison for drug dealing. Fifty-eight-year-old Jesse James Stewart has been sentenced to life in a federal prison for dealing crack cocaine.
Prosecutors say Stewart forced prostitutes in the Davenport area to help him deal the drugs and he would give them crack in exchange for their sexual favors. Stewart maintains he gave the women small amounts of drugs in order to wean them off the drugs.
According to the prosecution, Stewart claimed to be a Minister of the Temple of Truth and Wisdom and, when he went to Chicago to replenish his supply of drugs, he dressed as a minister in case he was pulled over by cops.
Stewart claimed he was not mentally competent to stand trial. He said he’d been given drugs when he was in the Navy that caused him to suffer from flashbacks. There’s no parole in the federal prison system, so Jesse James Stewart will spend the rest of his life in prison.