Fairview Heights Man Sentenced to 84 Months in Prison for Illegal Possession of a Firearm
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on December 9, 2011, Jemarcus Darnell Washington, 21, of Fairview Heights, IL, was sentenced in federal district court in East St. Louis to 84 months’ imprisonment, 3 years’ supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a fine of $750, following his plea of guilty, on September 1, 2011, to an Indictment charging him with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. The charges relate to an incident that occurred on May 5, 2011, in Washington Park, Illinois, when an off-duty police officer saw Washington in possession of a firearm in an automobile parked at the Shopwise Market. Washington was previously convicted of felony burglary in November, 2009, in St. Clair County. The sentencing judge also ordered forfeiture of the firearm and twelve rounds of ammunition contained therein.
The case was investigated by members of the Washington Police Department and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen B. Clark.