East St. Louis Man Sentenced for Firearm Offense
On November 7, 2011, Cory Turner, a twenty-nine year old East St. Louis, IL, man was sentenced on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm in the District Court in East St. Louis, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Turner was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment, 3 years supervised release, a $300 fine, and a $150 special assessment.
Turner had previously pled guilty and admitted that on February 21, 2011, the Defendant knowingly possessed a firearm in the waistband of his pants in East St. Louis, Illinois.
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.
This case was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak for prosecution.