East St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty to the Unlawful Possession of Ammunition by a Previously Convicted Felon
East St. Louis man pled guilty in federal court on May 15, 2012, to an Indictment
charging him with the unlawful possession of ammunition by a previously convicted felon, the
United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
At his sentencing, Marquan Johnson, 26, faces a term of imprisonment of not more than ten (10)
years, a fine up to $250,000, or both, and a term of supervised release of not more than three (3)
years. Johnson also agreed to forfeit the ammunition that he illegally possessed. Sentencing is
scheduled for September 6, 2012. Johnson has been detained since his arraignment on December
The violation occurred on May 11, 2011, when members of the Working Against Violent
Elements (WAVE) Task Force went to Johnson’s residence to execute a search warrant and
recovered live rounds of ammunition from Johnson’s bedroom. Johnson could not legally possess
ammunition because he had previously been convicted of a felony offense.
The case resulted from the efforts of the WAVE Task Force, which focuses its efforts on
combating violent crime in East St. Louis, Washington Park, and surrounding communities. WAVE
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.
The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.