Washington Park Man Pleads Guilty to Firearm Offense
On November 15, 2012, Sean J. Redd, Jr., a twenty-three year old Washington Park, IL, man pled guilty in United States Federal District Court, in East St. Louis, to 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. Redd is scheduled for sentencing on February 15, 2013, at which at which time he faces a maximum potential sentence of 10 years’ in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, not more than 3 years’ of supervised release after his prison term, and a mandatory special assessment of $100. Redd also agreed to the forfeiture of the firearm.
Facts brought out in open court were that on March 11, 2012, law enforcement officers responded to a call for backup in Washington Park, IL where a crime was committed. The officers noticed a group of men walking away from the scene, entering a noticeably damaged vehicle, then driving off. One of the officers observed the vehicle for several blocks, noticing a missing front registration plate. As a result, the officer initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle, but the driver sped off. The officer continued pursuit. The vehicle stopped in the middle of a street and two men exited. Redd got out of the vehicle and began running through a residential neighborhood holding his pants, appearing as if he was holding something near his waist. While running, Redd tripped and fell to the ground, causing the item to fall underneath him. Redd was arrested on the scene. The officer checked the area where the item fell and found a loaded firearm.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
This case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak for prosecution.