East St. Louis Man Sentenced for Firearm Offenses
Kevin R. Clark Jr., 25, of East St. Louis, Illinois, was sentenced on September 17, 2012, in federal court, on a two-count Indictment charging him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Previously Convicted Felon and Conspiracy to Make a False Statement During the Purchase of a Firearm, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Clark was sentenced to 1 year and 1 day in prison, three years of supervised release, fined $400 and ordered to pay a $200 special assessment. Clark is also required to get drug testing and counseling, get workforce-ready job training development, and to pay child support as part of his supervised release conditions.
The violations referenced in the Indictment came about when Clark agreed to purchase a firearm for a third party for profit. Clark could not lawfully possess any firearms because of a prior felony conviction. Despite the conviction, Clark had obtained a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card from the State of Illinois, due to a clerical error which did not notice his prior felony conviction. Using his card, Clark purchased a firearm from a gun store in southern Illinois.
In a statement to law enforcement officers, Clark admitted that he agreed to make a “straw purchase” of a firearm for a third party, who he knew did not have a valid FOID card. Clark also admitted possessing the firearm, as well as the fact that he was a convicted felon and could not lawfully possess firearms.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Deirdre Durborow.