EAST ST. LOUIS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FIREARM OFFENSE
On September 8, 2011, Anthony J. Finchen, IV, a forty-four year old East St. Louis, IL, man pled guilty in Federal District Court, in East St. Louis, to 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. Finchen is scheduled to be sentenced on January, 12, 2012, at which time he faces up to 10 years’ in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, not more than 3 years of supervised release after his prison term, and a $100 special assessment.
Facts brought out in court showed that on August 1, 2010, Finchen possessed and gave two guns to an individual in Monroe County, IL. One gun was not operable, but the other one was operable. On September 10, 2010, Finchen agreed to be interviewed by law enforcement regarding these guns. During the interview, Finchen admitted to giving the firearms to another individual and he also admitted to be a felon at the time of the possession and that he was aware that he was not permitted to possess the guns.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
This case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak for prosecution.