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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 13, 2014

Belleville Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Possession Of Stolen Firearm

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Joel A. Dozier, 25, of Belleville, Illinois, was sentenced in federal district court in East St. Louis today for the crime of Possession of a Stolen Firearm.

Dozier was sentenced to 28 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a fine of $500, following his plea of guilty, on September 9, 2013. The charges relate to an incident that occurred on February 7, 2013, in Belleville, Illinois, when police officers questioned Dozier about a recent robbery. Dozier began to act nervously and eventually admitted to the officers that he had gun in his pocket. The officers retrieved the gun (a DM22, .22 caliber derringer), which the officers determined had been stolen. Dozier admitted that he knew the gun had been stolen.

The case was investigated by members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Belleville Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen B. Clark.

Updated February 19, 2015