POSSESSION OF AMMUNITION BY A CONVICTED FELON RESULTS IN 30 MONTH SENTENCE FOR EAST ST. LOUIS MAN
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on September 23, 2011, Martell King, 25, of East St. Louis, Illinois, was sentenced in federal district court in East St. Louis to 30 months’ imprisonment, 2 years’ supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a fine of $250, following his plea of guilty, on June 9, 2011, to an Indictment charging him with Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1). The sentencing judge also ordered forfeiture of the ammunition and forfeiture of the firearm in which the ammunition was found.
According to court documents, on February 13, 2010, Caseyville police officers made a traffic stop of the vehicle in which King was riding as a passenger. The officers smelled marijuana and the driver had no valid driver’s license. The officers ordered the occupants out of the vehicle and conducted a search of the vehicle, during which they found a Springfield .45 caliber pistol, loaded with seven rounds of Augila .45 caliber ammunition that had been manufactured in Mexico. When the officers found the gun, King immediately stated, “That gun is mine.” Previously, on August 2, 2004, King was convicted of a of a felony, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, in St. Clair County, Illinois.
The case was investigated by members of the Caseyville Police Department and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen B. Clark.