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Bradley, Ill. Man to Serve 2 ½ Years in Prison for Possession of Machinegun, Unregistered Firearms

November 7, 2011

Urbana, Ill. – A Kankakee, Ill., man, Gerald L. Carney, Jr., has been sentenced to serve 30 months (2 years, 6 months) in federal prison for gun offenses. Carney, of Bradley, Ill., was sentenced on Nov. 1, and was ordered to report on Dec. 7, 2012, to the federal Bureau of Prisons to begin serving his prison sentence. Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. McCuskey also ordered that Carney serve three years supervised release upon completion of his prison sentence.

On Jul. 14, 2011, Carney pled guilty to the 21-count indictment which was returned in October 2010. During the plea hearing, Carney admitted that he possessed a machinegun and 20 unregistered firearms in September 2009. According to court documents, Carney was arrested on Sept. 17, 2009, by the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office in an unrelated matter. Carney subsequently led officers to a locked room in his residence. In the room, officers found 33 firearms which were mounted on the wall or on the floor. Officers seized the firearms and during his plea hearing, Carney admitted that he did not possess a Class III machinegun license or a manufacturer’s license. Carney admitted that he had used his knowledge as a machinist to attempt to make numerous firearms function as fully automatic weapons but was unsuccessful. Carney admitted that the guns he was able to convert were purchased by him as parts and were for his own personal collection.

The charges were investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office, the Kankakee Area PSN Task force, and the Kankakee County Major Crimes Task Force under the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugene L. Miller.

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