Federal grand jury charges seven men in summer gun incidents
Peoria, Ill. – Seven men have been charged with firearms offenses in separate incidents that allegedly occurred in Peoria, Illinois, in June and July 2009. A federal grand jury in Peoria returned the indictments on August 18, 2009. Six of the men are charged with possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony; one man is charged with possession of a sawed-off rifle. If convicted, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a sawed-off rifle each carry a statutory penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
The charges are the result of investigations by the Peoria Police Department; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and the Peoria Metropolitan Enforcement Group. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley W. Murphy is prosecuting the cases under the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhood program with the cooperation of the Peoria County State’s Attorney’s Office.
- Four men are currently in custody and will be arraigned in federal court at 1:30 p.m. today. Their names and alleged offenses follow:
- Antonio Gamble, 24, of the 1800 block of South Westmoreland, charged with possession of a Winchester .22 caliber rifle on June 19, 2009;
- Orlando Mack, 18, of the 400 Block of South Madison Park Terrace, charged with possession of a Stevens .22 caliber sawed-off rifle, in Peoria on July 2, 2009;
- Alexander C. Davis, 21, of the 500 block of Martin Luther King Drive, charged with possession of a Sturm Ruger .22 caliber revolver on June 20, 2009; and,
- Deonta B. White, 20, of the 900 block of East Republic Street, charged with possession of a HiPoint .45 caliber pistol on July 20, 2009.
Two others have already appeared in federal court after their recent arrests. Raymond Lindsey, 39, listed address Dayton, Ohio, is charged with possession of a Charter Arms .44 caliber revolver on June 15, 2009, in Peoria. Lindsey has been ordered held without bond in the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service pending trial, which is set for November 2, 2009.
Donny Richardson, 28, of the 1400 block of South Stanley, was previously charged in a federal criminal complaint on July 29, 2009. The indictment, returned on August 18, alleges Richardson possessed a Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol on July 16, 2009, in Peoria. Richardson has been ordered held without bond in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial, which is set for October 26, 2009.
One other man has yet to be arrested.
Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is merely an accusation; each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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