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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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

Jonathan Spearman, 37, of East St. Louis, IL, was sentenced on September 9, 2013, in federal court in East St. Louis on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Spearman was sentenced to 37 months in prison, to be followed by 2 years of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a fine of $200. Spearman had previously pled guilty on April 4, 2013, to an Indictment charging him with Possession of a firearm by a Convicted Felon. The charge relates to an incident that occurred on December 29, 2012, in East St. Louis, Illinois, when an East. St. Louis police officer found a firearm in Spearman’s vehicle. Spearman was previously convicted of unlawful possession with intent to distribute cannabis on June 27, 2012 and of unlawful possession of a controlled substance on July 17, 2002, both in St. Clair County, Illinois. The sentencing judge also ordered forfeiture of the firearm.

The case was investigated by members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the East St. Louis Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Jungmin Lee.

Updated February 19, 2015