Centreville Man Sentenced for Federal Firearm Offenses
Brandon D. Thomas, 22, of Centreville, Illinois, was sentenced on October 1, 2012, in federal court, on a three-count Indictment charging him with two counts of False Statements During the Purchase of a Firearm and one count of Illegal Receipt of a Firearm by a Person under Indictment, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Thomas was sentenced to two years in prison, three years of supervised release, fined $300, and ordered to pay a $300 special assessment. There is no parole in the federal system.
The violations referenced in counts one and two of the Indictment came about when Thomas knowingly made false and fictitious written statements on two separate occasions while filing out ATF Form 4473. On both occasions, Thomas indicated that he was not under indictment in any court for a felony, when in fact he was under indictment in St. Clair County, Illinois for the offense of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon.
The violation referenced in count three of the Indictment came about when Thomas unlawfully received a firearm while under indictment in St. Clair County, Illinois for the offense of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon.
The investigation was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
Special Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew Brooks and Chris Heery handled the prosecution.