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July 25, 2011

A Kankakee, Ill-, man pled guilty on July 25, 2011, in United States District Court in Benton, to a one-count indictment charging Possession of a Firearm by a Felon the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Jabari Z. Morris, 31, of Kankakee, pled guilty to the one-count indictment, charging Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. At his change of plea hearing, Morris admitted that he possessed a firearm in Carbondale on October 9, 2010. Morris was prohibited from possessing the firearm based on a previous felony conviction for Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

The firearm offense carries a penalty of up to 10 years’ imprisonment, 3 years’ supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Morris is being held without bond pending a November 17, 2011, sentencing hearing.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Carbondale Police Department, and Illinois State Police.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.



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