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Sparta Man Sentenced to 36 Months Imprisonment for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Previously Convicted Felon

January 3, 2012

Today, Alvin Young, 31, of Sparta, Ill., received a sentence of 36 months imprisonment from the United States District Court in East St. Louis for possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced. The district court also ordered Young to pay a fine of $200, serve a term of three (3) years of supervised release, and pay a special assessment of $100 to the court.

During his guilty plea on September 23, 2011, Young admitted that he knowingly possessed a Hi-Point S&W, .40 caliber, semi-automatic pistol. Young had previously been convicted on October 18, 2005, of Attempted Delivery of a Controlled Substance, in Cause Number 05-CF-30 in the Circuit Court of Randolph County, Illinois. On November 1, 2002, Young was convicted of Aggravated Battery in Cause Number 02-CF-3 in the Circuit Court of Randolph County, Illinois. Both crimes are felonies punishable by more than a year in prison.

During the sentencing hearing, the United States indicated that, on April 22, 2011, Sparta Police responded to domestic abuse complaint in which Young’s girlfriend said that Young struck her in the face with his fist. She indicated that Young had a firearm and stated that he would “shoot it out with police before going back to jail.” She also told Sparta Police that Young distributed drugs. When the police arrived at Young’s home, Young was on the porch. Young ran away and dropped a small bag. Police caught Young and recovered his bag. Pursuant to a search warrant, the police found a loaded handgun, 16 rounds of ammunition and two magazines just four feet from the front door. Police also found a digital scale with traces of marijuana and cocaine. The recovered bag contained cocaine.

This investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Sparta Police Department. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Liam Coonan.










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