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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 4, 2013

Williamson County Man Charged With Firearm Offense

On October 31, 2013, Sherman L. Allen, Jr., a/k/a “Larue,” 29, of Marion, IL, was arraigned in federal court in Benton, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Allen was charged by indictment, on October 23, 2013, with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. At the October 31, 2013, court hearing, Allen was ordered held without bond pending a December 30, 2013, jury trial.

The offense occurred on July 29, 2013, in Marion, Williamson County. The firearm offense carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison, to be followed by 3 years supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.

Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.

The investigation was conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The Illinois State Police Special Weapons and Tactics Team and Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.

Updated February 19, 2015