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Villa Ridge Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms Offenses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2012

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on March 23, 2012, Tara M. Kern, 38, of Villa Ridge, IL, plead guilty, that is, admitted as true, all charges in a four-count federal indictment in which she was charged.

Count 1 of the Indictment charged that from on or about October 8, 2006, to on or about May 17, 2011, in Pulaski County, Tara M. Kern did knowingly aid and abet a convicted felon (William A. Kern) in the possession of a firearm, a Ruger Mini 14, .223 caliber rifle, in violation of federal law.

Count 2 of the Indictment charged that from on or about September 25, 2007, to on or about May 17, 2011, in Pulaski County, Tara M. Kern did knowingly aid and abet a convicted felon (William A. Kern) in the possession of a firearm, a Ruger Model 10/22, .22 caliber rifle, in violation of federal law.

Count 3 of the Indictment charged that from on or about November 20, 2007, to on or about May 17, 2011, in Pulaski County, Tara M. Kern did knowingly aid and abet a convicted felon (William A. Kern) in the possession of a firearm, a Benelli Super Black Eagle 12 gauge shotgun, in violation of federal law.

Count 4 of the Indictment charged that on May 17, 2011, in Pulaski County, Tara M. Kern did knowingly conceal six firearms with the intent to impede, obstruct, and influence the investigation of a matter within the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, all in violation of federal law.

With respect to each of Counts 1, 2, and 3, Tara M. Kern faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years’ supervised release.

With respect to Count 4, Tara M. Kern faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to 4 years’ supervised release.

Kern is set for sentencing on June 21, 2012, in the United States District Court in Benton, Illinois.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Illinois State Police, Union County Sheriff’s Office, Union County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney George A. Norwood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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