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Fayette County Man Sentenced to Nearly Three Years in Prison for Firearms Offenses

January 31, 2012

Timothy Shellenbarger, 22, St. Elmo, Fayette County, Ill., was sentenced to 35 months’ in prison by the United States District Court, East St. Louis, following an earlier guilty plea 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. Shellenbarger was further sentenced to 3 years’ supervised release to follow imprisonment, a $375 fine and a $200 special assessment. Shellenbarger has been in custody since his arrest on December 17, 2010.

Court documents establish that on November 17, 2010, Shellenbarger sold an individual a stolen Excam, Model GT 27, .25 auto caliber pistol, bearing an obliterated serial number, for $120. During the transaction, Shellenbarger commented that the gun was stolen, that he scratched off the serial number, and that he is a felon. Shellenbarger is, in fact, a previously convicted felon, 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.














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