EAST ST. LOUIS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO THE UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED FELON
An East St. Louis man pled guilty on March 17, 2011, for the 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. Clint Tucker, Sr., 45, East St. Louis, Ill.-, faces a term of imprisonment of not more than ten (10) years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release of not more than three (3) years. Sentencing is scheduled for July 1, 2011, in East St. Louis.
The violation occurred on June 27, 2010, when members of a WAVE detail searched the house where the Tucker resided, after receiving consent to do so. While searching Tucker’s bedroom, the officers recovered a firearm from underneath the mattress. In a voluntary statement, Tucker admitted handling the gun. Because Tucker was previously convicted of a felony, federal law prohibits him from possessing a firearm. Cases such as this one demonstrate that the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the East St. Louis Police Department, and the WAVE Task Force are working hard to keep firearms out of the hands of people who cannot legally possess them.
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 St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, the East St. Louis Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the United States Marshals Service. 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. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.