East St. Louis Man Sentenced on Firearm Offense
Todd D. Turner, 26, of East St. Louis, IL, was sentenced in federal district court on April 1, 2013, to 24 months in prison, to be followed by two years supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a $300 fine, for 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.
Facts presented in court revealed that on February 19, 2012, law enforcement officials stopped a vehicle driven by Turner. Officers learned that Turner was wanted on warrants and that he possessed no valid driver’s license. When placed under arrest, Turner admitted having a firearm in the vehicle.
The case resulted from the efforts of the WAVE (Working Against Violent Elements) Task Force, which focuses its efforts on combating violent crime in East St. Louis, Washington Park, and surrounding communities. 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.
This investigation was conducted by the WAVE Task Force, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.