Madison Man Pleads Guilty to Firearm Offense
On August 22, 2012, Travis L. Garner, a twenty-six year old Madison, 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. Garner is scheduled to be sentenced on December 7, 2012, at which time he faces a maximum potential sentence of 10 years’ in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, not more than 3 years of supervised release after his prison term, and a mandatory special assessment of $100. Garner also agreed to the forfeiture of the firearm.
Court proceedings revealed that on April 5, 2012, law enforcement officials executed a search warrant at Garner’s apartment in Madison, Illinois. During the search, a semi-automatic pistol was seized. Garner agreed to a videotaped interview with law enforcement officials regarding this incident. In that interview, he admitted that the weapon recovered during the search belonged to him and his child’s mother, but was usually in his possession, and that he threw the firearm in the trash can in an attempt to hide it from police, prior to the search of his residence.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Madison Police Department.
This case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak for prosecution.