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May 4, 2011

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on May 4, 2011, Raymond Smoot, 45, of Brooklyn, Illinois, was found guilty by a jury in federal district court in East St. Louis of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Some of the evidence produced at trial showed that Smoot got into an argument around midnight on February 27, 2010, in Brooklyn, near the Peekaboo Lounge. Smoot pulled out a gun, which discharged; the bullet striking a man in the leg. Coincidentally, a Brooklyn police officer drove by right after the shooting. The victim identified the shooter as Smoot, who was still close by. The Brooklyn officer chased Smoot around the Peekaboo, then over to the Senior Citizens Center a few blocks away. Smoot hid in the shadows and discarded the gun in a dimly-lit area nearby. The officer was nevertheless able to see Smoot and radioed to the Brooklyn police for back-up. The police department was very close by, and other officers arrived on foot and arrested Smoot. The gun was located near where Smoot had been hiding.

Sentencing has been set for July 21, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. in East St. Louis. The maximum penalties that can be imposed for a violation of this statute are ten years’ imprisonment or a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years’ supervised release; and a $100 special assessment.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen B. Clark, who was assisted by law intern Andrew Westbrook. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and by the Brooklyn Police Department.



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