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Guilty Plea Entered in Firearm Offense

December 5, 2011

A Marion, IL, man pled guilty on December 2, 2011, in United States District Court in Benton, to an Indictment charging Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Petre D. Washington, 35, at his change of plea hearing, admitted that he possessed a firearm while in Carbondale on October 24, 2010. Washington was prohibited from possessing any firearm based on a previous felony conviction for Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

The firearm offense carries a penalty of up to 10 years’ imprisonment, 3 years’ supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Washington is being held without bond pending a March 8, 2012, sentencing hearing.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and Carbondale Police Department.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.

















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