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Fairfield Man Pleads Guilty to Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

October 5, 2012

Michael D. McCullough, 58, of Fairfield, Illinois, pled guilty today in United States District Court in Benton to an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. The indictment, returned by a Federal Grand Jury on May 8, 2012, alleged that McCullough was found in possession of two firearms, a Smith & Wesson .357 caliber revolver and a Freedom Arms .22 caliber revolver, on August 28, 2011. McCullough had previously been convicted of two felony offenses in Wayne County Circuit Court.

Sentencing was set for January 2, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at the United States District Courthouse in Benton. McCullough faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release to follow his incarceration.

The case was investigated by the Carmi office of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force and the Fairfield Police Department, with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.



















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