MAN SENTENCED FOR POSSESSING FIREARM AS A CONVICTED FELON
On February 4, 2011, Deon Turner, 23, of East St. Louis, was sentenced in federal district court
in East St. Louis, Ill.- following his plea of guilty to a one-count Indictment charging him with
Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of
Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Turner was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment, 2 years’ supervised release, a $100 special
assessment, and a fine of $150. The violation took place in St. Clair County, Illinois. The judge also
ordered forfeiture of the firearm.
According to a Factual Stipulation filed with the court, Turner, having previously been convicted
of a felony, was observed by federal agents throwing a firearm out of the passenger window of the
vehicle in which he was riding. The agents subsequently stopped the vehicle, interviewed the occupants,
and recovered the firearm, a Beretta, Model 96, .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol. When interviewed
by law enforcement agents, Turner admitted that he had thrown the firearm out the window when he
realized that the police were following the vehicle because he feared getting caught with it since he was
a convicted felon and already on probation for a weapon possession charge.
The case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and
Explosives, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen B. Clark.