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August 5, 2011

On August 5, 2011, Reginald M. Brown, a thirty-seven year old Holts Summit, MO, man pled guilty in Federal District Court, in East St. Louis, to Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Previously Convicted Felon, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Brown is scheduled to be sentenced on December 2, 2011, at which time he faces a minimum potential sentence of 15 years’ in prison, to a maximum of life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, and not more than 5 years of supervised release after his prison term.

Facts brought out in court showed that on July 19, 2010, while patrolling in East St. Louis, WAVE agents saw individuals standing near 79th and State near a vehicle parked in an alley. WAVE decided to make consensual contact. When Brown was approached, he was holding a box of chicken. He handed the box to one of the agents and advised that he had a firearm in his back pocket.

The case resulted from the efforts of the WAVE (Working Against Violent Elements) Task Force, which focuses its efforts on combating violent crime in East St. Louis, Washington Park, and surrounding communities. WAVE was formed in November, 2009, and is a collaboration of law enforcement officers from the Illinois State Police, the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois (MEGSI), the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, the East St. Louis Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the United States Marshals Service. The WAVE Task Force receives financial support through the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative, a nationwide federal program which endeavors to address gun-related violence.



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