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July 21, 2011

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on July 21, 2011, Raymond Smoot, 45, of Brooklyn, IL, was sentenced in federal district court in East St. Louis to 120 months’ imprisonment, 3 years’ supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a fine of $500. This sentence followed Smoot’s trial on May 4, 2011, in which a jury convicted Smoot of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Smoot’s prior felony was also for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. In fact, Smoot was on supervised release at the time he committed the instant offense. Ten years is the maximum term of imprisonment that could be imposed.

“I applaud the work of the jury and the sentence imposed!” noted United States Attorney Wigginton. “Repeat offenders will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law under my initiatives against the illegal possession and use of weapons.”

Testimony at trial revealed that Smoot, while standing in front of the Peekaboo Lounge in Brooklyn, became involved in a heated discussion with another man. As Smoot turned away from the other man, a gun that Smoot had been holding discharged, and the bullet struck the other man in his leg. The victim, seeing a passing police car, informed the officer that Smoot had just shot him in the leg. That officer chased Smoot by foot, but Smoot was ultimately apprehended by other officers in front of a nearby Senior Citizens Center, which coincidentally was near the Brooklyn Police Station.

The sentencing judge found that the shooting was either purposeful or reckless; the judge also stated that he should impose a sentence that would disable Smoot from committing further crime, adding, “Deterrence is of paramount importance for this Defendant and others.”

The case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen B. Clark, assisted by Washington University Law Intern Andrew Westbrook.



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