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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 7, 2013

East St. Louis Man Sentenced To Fifteen Years In Prison For Possession Of A Firearm By A Convicted Felon

An East St. Louis, Illinois, man was sentenced in federal district court to a lengthy term in federal prison for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon on October 7, 2013, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Danyahle L. Mosley, 32, was sentenced to 180 months (15 years) in prison, to be followed by 5 years supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a fine of $100. Parole has been abolished in the federal system. Mosley had plead guilty on April 15, 2013, to an Indictment charging him with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. The charge relates to an incident that occurred on October 5, 2011, in East St. Louis, Illinois, when law enforcement officers conducted a parole compliance check of Mosley’s home and discovered a 20-gauge shotgun, a magazine for the gun, and two boxes of ammunition in Mosley’s home. Mosley admitted that those items were his. At the time, Mosley was on parole for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, for which he had been paroled on January 26, 2011.

United States Attorney Wigginton noted, “Mosley was sentenced under the Armed Career Criminal Act, which requires a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison if a defendant, charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, has at least three prior convictions for violent felonies and/or serious drug felonies. A sentence like this should serve as a warning to those who would repeatedly violate the law – federal prison sentences are severe. You will face drastic consequences for your actions.” Documents filed with the court indicate that Mosley had been convicted in 2001 and 2004 for separate residential burglaries, and had been convicted in 2008 for Robbery; all three of these crimes constituted crimes of violence for purposes of the Armed Career Criminal Act.

The sentencing judge also ordered forfeiture of the firearm, magazine, and ammunition.

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

Updated February 19, 2015