Sparta Resident Indicted for Illegally Possessing a Firearm
Paige R. Davis, a resident of Sparta, Illinois, was indicted on November 14, 2012, for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
The indictment alleges that on or about October 29, 2012, in Randolph County, Illinois, which is within the Southern District of Illinois, Davis, who had been previously convicted of a felony punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, knowingly possessed, in and affecting commerce, a Harrington and Richardson, Model 923, .22 caliber revolver, in violation of federal law.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge and is entitled to a fair trial at which the Government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
If convicted, Davis could face a term of imprisonment of no more than 10 years, a fine of no more than $250,000, no more than 3 years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment, and a $100 special assessment fee.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Sparta Police Department. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Monica A. Stump.