East St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty to Firearm Offense
On December 14, 2012, Todd Turner, a 26-year old East St. Louis, 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. Turner is scheduled for sentencing on April 1, 2013, at which 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. Turner also agreed to the forfeiture of various firearms.
Court proceedings revealed that on February 19, 2012, law enforcement officials conducted a traffic stop in East St. Louis, IL, on a vehicle driven by Turner for not wearing a seat belt. Officers learned that Turner had warrants out for his arrest and possessed no valid driver’s license. Turner was placed under arrest and admitted to having a firearm in the vehicle.
This case was investigated by the Working Against Violent Element (WAVE) Task Force, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
This case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak for prosecution.