EAST ST. LOUIS MAN SENTENCED TO 110 MONTHS FOR BEING A FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM
Aaron Clark, 24, of East St. Louis, Ill.-, received a 110 month sentence for being a Felon In Possession of a Firearm, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Following release from imprisonment, Clark will serve a term of 3 years’ supervised release. Clark was also fined $200.00 and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.
The offense occurred on March 3, 2009, in Fairview Heights, IL, in St. Clair County, within the Southern District of Illinois. The defendant was driving a vehicle with heavily tinted windows so the Fairview Heights Police Department conducted a traffic stop. The vehicle was stopped and when the officer approached the vehicle and spoke with the occupants, the officer smelled marihuana. The defendant was placed under arrest for not having a valid driver’s license. The defendant was searched and several small bags of marihuana were found on his person. The vehicle was searched and the officer found a Taurus PT-22 caliber semi-automatic pistol under the driver’s seat. The defendant was on parole at the time of the traffic stop and had prior felony convictions. The firearm had an obliterated serial number which increased the defendant’s sentence.
The case was investigated by the Fairview Heights Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Deirdre A. Durborow.