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Project Safe Neighborhood: Rock Island Felon Charged with Conspiracy to Possess Firearms and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2009

Rock Island, Ill. – Rodger A. Heaton, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois, announced that a federal grand jury today charged Brandon Montrece Brooks, 27, of Rock Island, Illinois, with firearms offenses related to his alleged conspiracy to possess firearms after being convicted of a felony. According to the indictment, Brooks has a prior felony conviction in Iowa for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

The indictment alleges that in October 2008, Brooks conspired with others to unlawfully possess two firearms, a 9mm handgun and a .380 caliber handgun. The indictment alleges that on October 4, 2008, Brooks drove an individual to Bettendorf, Iowa, where he gave the individual $500.00 to purchase a handgun for him from a sporting goods store. On October 13, 2009, the indictment alleges Brooks drove an individual to a pawn shop in Davenport, Iowa, to have the individual purchase another handgun for him. On October 14, 2009, Brooks allegedly directed another person to take the handgun to a public housing complex in Rock Island, Illinois and to sell it.

The charge is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Rock Island Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. McCoy is prosecuting the case under Project Safe Neighborhood with the cooperation of the Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Brooks, of the 1000 block of 15th Street in Rock Island, was charged on February 13, 2009, in a federal criminal complaint. Brooks waived his rights to preliminary and detention hearings and was ordered to remain detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

If convicted, possession of a firearm by a felon carries a statutory penalty of up to 10 years in prison. The penalty for conspiracy to unlawfully possess firearms is up to five years in prison.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is merely an accusation; the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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