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 23, 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. Shawndell Davenport, 29, 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 8, 2011, in East St. Louis, Illinois.
The violation occurred on October 31, 2009, when an East St. Louis Police Officer noted that the defendant was about to park the wrong way on a street but, when he saw the officer, kept driving. The officer followed the defendant, who eventually stopped and sat on the front porch of a house. As the defendant began walking away, an officer who arrived for back-up stopped him. When the officer looked into the vehicle that the defendant had been driving, he saw a gun in plain view on the front driver’s seat. The defendant later admitted possession of the gun to ATF agents.
The case was investigated by the East St. Louis Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.