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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 14, 2014

Flora, Illinois, Man Sentenced To 24 Months For Being A Convicted Felon In Possession Of A Firearm

A Clay County man was sentenced on July 10, 2014, to federal prison on gun charges, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today.

Leroy O’Ryan, 67, of Flora, Illinois, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release following his imprisonment, and fined $2,000. O’Ryan had previously pleaded guilty to a one count federal indictment. That Indictment charged that on August 12, 2013, O’Ryan, who had a previous felony conviction for Aggravated Battery, knowingly possessed a Bushmaster, Carbon 15 model, .223 caliber rifle, and a Ruger, P85MKII, 9mm semi-automatic pistol. O’Ryan sold the firearms to an undercover officer and a confidential informant working for law enforcement.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.

Updated February 19, 2015