CAHOKIA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FIREARM OFFENSE
On August 2, 2011, Barry Lee Deboise, II, a twenty-five year old Cahokia, Ill.- man pled guilty to being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Sentencing is set for November 18, 2011, in East St. Louis, at which time Deboise will face penalties up to 10 years’ imprisonment; a fine of up to $250,000, up to 3 years’ supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
On February 20, 2011, Deboise was observed smoking marijuana at a gas station by East St. Louis law enforcement officials. In a subsequent search of Deboise’s vehicle, a gun was located on the driver’s side floor of the vehicle. Deboise had previously been convicted of a felony which rendered him unable to lawfully own or possess a firearm.
The investigation which resulted in Deboise’s conviction was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.