Belleville Man Sentenced for Firearm Offense
Kalvin Thomas, 37, from Belleville, IL, was sentenced on December 19, 2011, in District Court in East St. Louis, IL, on one count of 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.
Thomas was sentenced to 27 months in prison, 2 years of supervised release, a $100 fine and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. He also forfeited the firearm. Thomas who had previously pled guilty, admitted that he had possessed the gun, knowing that he was a convicted felon and that it was illegal for him to have the gun..
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 Explosives. 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.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.