East St. Louis Man Sentenced to Fifteen Years in Prison for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
Aaron Hull, 46, of East St. Louis, IL, was sentenced today in United States District Court, East St. Louis, for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Previously Convicted Felon and Unlawful Possession of a Ammunition by a Previously Convicted Felon, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Hull was sentenced to 180 months’ imprisonment and 3 years’ supervised release to follow imprisonment, on each count, the sentences to run concurrently, a $200 fine and a $200 special assessment. Hull has been in custody since his arrest on March 21, 2011.
“This sentence is tough, but fair.” said United States Attorney Wigginton. “My office will continue to pursue long terms in prison for people with felony convictions who have guns. My warning to these criminals – the WAVE are out there, and they are coming for you. Continued enforcement efforts by federal, state and local law enforcement persons will make all of our communities safer and better.”
Court documents establish that on March 20, 2011, in St Clair County, within the Southern District of Illinois, law enforcement was dispatched to Gaty Avenue, in East St. Louis, in response to a 911 call of a disturbance involving a black male with a firearm, possibly wearing dark clothes and a silver hat, and driving a white Mazda Millenium. While driving on Gaty Avenue, law enforcement observed Hull, who matched the description provided by the 911 caller, driving a white Mazda Millenium. Hull pulled into a vacant yard on Gaty Avenue and tossed a Rossi, .32 caliber, six shot revolver from the driver’s side window. The revolver was recovered by law enforcement and was found to be loaded with five live rounds and one spent .32 caliber shell casing in the cylinder. In the backseat of the Mazda, law enforcement recovered a silver hat. Under the silver hat was a plastic bag containing 27 rounds of .32 caliber ammunition. While the firearm and ammunition were being examined by ATF Senior Special Agent Daniel E. Owens, a recognized expert in the field of firearm and ammunition analysis, Agent Owens discovered two human hairs among the ammunition. Thereafter, a search warrant for Hull’s DNA was obtained. During the execution of the search warrant, Hull confessed to Senior Special Agent Christopher C. Kremer, and to Illinois State Police Special Agent Michael D. Swindle, that he had possessed the Rossi firearm and ammunition.
Based on Hull’s felony record, he was determined to be an Armed Career Criminal and sentenced accordingly.
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 East St. Louis Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosive. 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 Kit R. Morrissey.