East St. Louis Man Sentenced on Marijuana and Firearm Charges
An East St. Louis man who pled guilty on January 30, 2012, to Manufacture of Marijuana
and Possession of a Firearm by a Previously Convicted Felon, was sentenced to prison on July 13,
2012, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton,
announced today. Leonard Spencer, Jr., 38 was sentenced to 24 months in prison, to be followed
by two years of supervised release. Spencer was order to pay a fine of $300 and a special assessment
of $200. Spencer was also ordered to forfeit numerous firearms and ammunition to the United
According to the Stipulation of Facts that was filed with the Court at the time of the guilty
plea, agents of the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois (MEGSI) observed
fourteen marijuana plants growing in the Spencer’s backyard. Agents subsequently searched the
Spencer’s residence with the Spencer’s consent and recovered a KBI 7.62 x 39mm caliber
semiautomatic rifle, and other markings of VH3850; a Remington 12 gauge pump action shotgun;
a CMMG 223 REM 5.56mm caliber semiautomatic rifle; a Masterpiece Arms MPA10T, .45 ACP
caliber semiautomatic pistol; seventy-five rounds of .223 ammunition; assorted loose ammunition;
and a cup containing marijuana seeds. Spencer confirmed to agents that the firearms were his.
Evidence in support of the indictment was obtained in an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois (MEGSI).
This case was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Randy G. Massey.