WASHINGTON PARK MAN CHARGED WITH FIREARMS OFFENSE
On March 23, 2011, a federal grand jury sitting in East St. Louis, returned an indictment charging Andy M. Perez, 22, of Washington Park, Ill.-, with 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. The indictment was originally suppressed, but has since been unsealed by the Court. If convicted, Perez faces a maximum potential sentence of up to ten years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and not more than three years of supervised release.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge and is entitled to a fair trial at which the Government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Evidence in support of the indictment was obtained in an investigation which was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the Fairmont City Police Department, and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. This case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Randy G. Massey for prosecution.