East St. Louis Man Sentenced for Separate Firearms Offenses
Jerry Blue, 46, of East St. Louis, IL, was sentenced on May 2, 2012, in U.S. District Court, East St. Louis, on two counts of 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.
Blue was sentenced to 30 months in prison, 3 years of supervised release, a $200 fine and ordered to pay a $200 special assessment. He also forfeited the firearms. Blue, who had previously pled guilty, admitted that he had possessed the guns, knowing that he was a convicted felon and that it was illegal for him to have the guns.
On May 14, 2011, law enforcement officials went to a residence in East St. Louis, to investigate complaints of narcotics trafficking. Blue allowed officers to enter the residence, where Blue’s girlfriend, and their children, were watching television. Officers noticed a scale on the table in the living room which had seeds and a green leafy type material on it. When asked if the material was, in fact, marijuana, Blue admitted it. Officers then asked for consent to search the residence. During the ensuing search, one of the officers located under a dresser in the master bedroom, a loaded Kimber, .45 semi-automatic pistol. The firearm had seven rounds in the magazine and one round in the chamber. A box of .45 caliber ammunition was found in the dresser immediately above the firearm. Blue admitted purchasing the firearm from an individual in East St. Louis. Jerry Blue added that he had three prior felony convictions and was aware he was not permitted to possess a firearm.
On September 24, 2011, East St. Louis police officers were dispatched in response to a call for shots fired. Officers noticed several men and women arguing. One individual was Jerry Blue. As Blue was being escorted to a vehicle by one of these officers, a clear plastic bag containing cannabis fell from his pocket. Recovered from Blue were additional packages of marijuana and a firearm from his right front pants pocket.
The case resulted from the efforts of the WAVE (Working Against Violent Elements) Task Force, which focuses its efforts on combating violent crime in East St. Louis, Washington Park, and surrounding communities. WAVE was formed in November, 2009, and is a collaboration of law enforcement officers from the Illinois State Police, the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois (MEGSI), the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, the East St. Louis Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the United States Marshals Service. The WAVE Task Force receives financial support through the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative, a nationwide federal program which endeavors to address gun-related violence.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.