WASHINGTON PARK MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF AMMUNITION BY A PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED FELON
A Washington Park man, charged with being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition, pled guilty in the United States District Court in East St. Louis to that charge, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Demarrion L. Lockett, 24, was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 22, 2011, and is being held without bond pending disposition of his case.
According to court documents, on or about April 1, 2011, in St. Clair County, Lockett knowingly possessed twelve (12) rounds of .38 special caliber ammunition containing the markings “PMC 38 SPL” on the head-stamp. He also possessed twelve (12) rounds of .380 auto caliber ammunition containing the markings, “SPEER 380 AUTO” on the head-stamp, and three (3) rounds of .380 auto caliber ammunition containing the markings, “AGUILA 380 AUTO” on the head-stamp. Lockett had previously been convicted on April 17, 2006, of a felony punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, namely: Armed Robbery, in Cause Number 06-CF-1091 in the Circuit Court of St. Clair County, Illinois.
“Convicted felons, drug users and any other prohibited persons would be well warned to stay away from guns and ammunition, or they should expect to receive a federal sentence. The Department of Justice and my office is committed to reducing the illegal use of weapons in all forms!” said United States Attorney Wigginton.
Lockett faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both, and three (3) years’ supervised release as a result of his guilty plea. Lockett’s sentencing hearing is set for December 5, 2011.
This investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Washington Park Police Department, the United States Marshals Service (USMS), the Illinois State Police, and the Illinois Department of Corrections, assisted by 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 East St. Louis Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and ATF. 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.
The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Liam Coonan.