WASHINGTON PARK MAN SENTENCED ON FIREARMS OFFENSE
On September 23, 2011, Andy M. Perez, age 22, of Washington Park, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis, following his conviction of 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. Perez was sentenced to a term of 21 months in the Bureau of Prisons, to be followed by two years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $200 fine and a $100 special assessment. In addition, the Court ordered that the firearm and ammunition involved in this prosecution be forfeited to the United States.
According to the stipulation of facts which was filed with the Court when Perez entered his guilty plea on June 14, 2011, on December 2, 2009, law enforcement officers participating in the WAVE Detail went to the Defendant’s residence regarding a recent drive-by shooting at the residence. Officers knocked on the door and were allowed entry by Perez’ mother, who expressed gratitude when she was told of the reason for the visit. Perez’ mother advised that she believed that her house was shot by someone who had a “problem” with Perez. She gave officers permission to speak with Perez and showed them the room where he was sleeping with his younger brother. Perez accompanied officers to the living room, where he volunteered that he had a pistol under his mattress. He gave officers permission to recover it and they recovered a New England Firearms, Model R92 Ultra, .22 LR caliber revolver, with an obliterated serial number. Perez admitted the gun was his and voluntarily accompanied the officers to the Fairmont City Police Department, where he gave a videotaped statement in which he repeated his earlier admissions regarding possession of the firearm. He then was driven back to his home by police officers. At the time of this incident, Perez had previously been convicted of the felony offense of Reckless Discharge of a Firearm.
Evidence in this case was obtained in an investigation which was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the Fairmont City Police Department, and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. This case was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Randy G. Massey.