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Trial Set for Kankakee Man Charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon

September 3, 2010

Urbana, Ill. – A Kankakee, Illinois man, Drayper T. Wilson, 28, appeared in federal court this afternoon for arraignment on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon. Wilson, of 855 S. Lincoln Avenue, entered a plea of not guilty and a trial date was scheduled on Oct. 25 before Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. McCuskey. The next scheduled court hearing, a pre-trial conference, is Oct. 15.

Wilson was previously charged in a federal criminal complaint on Aug. 9, and a grand jury returned the indictment on Aug. 17. During a hearing on Aug. 9, U.S. Magistrate Judge David G. Bernthal ordered that Wilson remain detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.

The indictment alleges that on Aug. 4, 2010, Wilson possessed a .45 caliber pistol after having previously been convicted of felony offenses. According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Wilson was arrested on Aug. 4, in Kankakee, after agents of the Kankakee Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force identified Wilson as a passenger in a vehicle. At the time, according to the affidavit, there were several outstanding warrants for Wilson’s arrest by the Illinois Department of Corrections and by the Kankakee County Circuit Court. The affidavit alleges that agents searched the vehicle and found a loaded .45 caliber pistol under Wilson’s seat.

If convicted, Wilson faces a mandatory minimum 15 years in prison and up to life in prison.

The charges are the result of a cooperative Project Safe Neighborhoods investigation by the Kankakee Area Project Safe Neighborhood Task Force, including the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Kankakee Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugene L. Miller.

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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