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June 7, 2011

Jabari Z. Morris, 31, of Kankakee, Ill., was arraigned in federal court in Benton, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Morris was charged by indictment on March 1, 2011, with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. At a court hearing on June 2, 2011, Morris was ordered held without bond pending an August 1, 2011, jury trial setting.

The offense allegedly occurred on October 9, 2010, in Jackson County. The firearm offense carries a penalty of up to 10 years’ imprisonment, 3 years’ supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.

Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.

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

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



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