RANDOLPH COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED FELON
A Sparta man charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm has pled guilty to that charge in the United States District Court in East St. Louis, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Alvin Young, 31, was being and will continue to be detained without bond.
According to court documents, on April 22, 2011, Young knowingly possessed a Hi-Point S&W, 0.40 caliber, semi-automatic pistol. Young had previously been convicted on October 18, 2005, of Attempted Delivery of a Controlled Substance, in Cause Number 05-CF-30 in the Circuit Court of Randolph County, Illinois. On November 1, 2002, Young was convicted of Aggravated Battery in Cause Number 02-CF-3 in the Circuit Court of Randolph County, Illinois. Both crimes are felonies punishable by more than a year in prison.
“Convicted felons, drug users and any other prohibited persons would be well warned to stay away from guns and ammunition, or they should expect to receive a federal sentence. The Department of Justice and my office is committed to reducing the illegal use of weapons in all forms,” said United States Attorney Wigginton.
Young faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both, and three (3) years’ supervised release as a result of his guilty plea. Young’s sentencing hearing is set for January 3, 2012.
This investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Sparta Police Department. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Liam Coonan.