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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 23, 2013

Cahokia Man Sentenced To 5 Years For Firearm Offense

James V. Lomax, 58, of Cahokia, Illinois, was sentenced to 5 years in prison by the United States District Court, East St. Louis, for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Previously Convicted Felon, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Lomax was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment, a $200 fine and to serve a term of 3 years of supervised release following imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. Lomax has been in custody since his arrest on September 9, 2012.

Court documents establish that on September 9, 2012, the St. Clair, County Sherriff’s Department investigated a shooting at a residence in Cahokia, Illinois. During a physical altercation at the residence involving Lomax and another male, Lomax retrieved a firearm from behind a dresser and shot the other man in the abdomen. After the shooting, Lomax left the area and was subsequently arrested in Missouri by the Missouri Highway Patrol, while in possession of the firearm used in the shooting. During an interview with law enforcement, Lomax admitted to possessing the firearm and to shooting a man with the firearm.

Court documents further establish that prior to September 9, 2012, Lomax had been convicted of a crime that was punishable by a term of imprisonment of more than one year.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ali Summers and Special Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie Richter.

Updated February 19, 2015