FAYETTE COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SALE OF A STOLEN FIREARM AND UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED FELON
Timothy Shellenbarger, 22, St. Elmo, Fayette County, Ill., pled guilty in United States District Court, East St. Louis, to Sale of a Stolen Firearm and 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. Each crime carries a sentence of up to 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years’ supervised release to follow imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. Sentencing is scheduled for January 13, 2012. Shellenbarger has been in custody since his arrest on December 17, 2010.
Court documents establish that on November 17, 2010, the Defendant sold an individual a stolen Excam, Model GT 27, .25 auto caliber pistol, bearing an obliterated serial number. The sale of the firearm took place at the purchaser’s residence in Fayette County and was video recorded. The video establishes that Shellenbarger, carrying the firearm in a towel, entered the residence with a companion. Shellenbarger spent a number of minutes carefully wiping down the gun before handing it to the purchaser. The purchaser set $120 on a table and Shellenbarger picked it up and counted it. After a short while, Shellenbarger and his companion left. During the transaction, Shellenbarger commented that the gun was stolen, that he scratched off the serial number, and that he is a felon.
Following his arrest on December 17, 2010, Shellenbarger gave an audio-recorded statement after advice of rights admitting the sale of the stolen firearm. He admitted selling or otherwise disposing of four other stolen firearms. The Excam pistol was submitted to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for expert analysis where it was determined that the firearm functioned as designed and was not manufactured in Illinois, and thus, had traveled in and affected foreign and/or interstate commerce to be present in Illinois when the Defendant possessed and sold it on November 17, 2010.
The Defendant was previously convicted of a felony punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, namely: Burglary, in Cause Number 06-CF-129 in the Circuit Court of Shelby County, Illinois, on March 8, 2007, and is thus prohibited from possessing firearms.
The case resulted from an investigation conducted by the Illinois State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the prosecution was conducted with the support and cooperation of Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel . The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Kit R. Morrissey.