East St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty To Firearm Offense
On August 8, 2013, DeLawrence C. Borders, a 23-year old East St. Louis, Illinois, 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. Borders is scheduled for sentencing on November 12, 2013, at which at which time he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, not more than 3 years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.
Court proceedings revealed that on January 23, 2013, law enforcement officials on detail in East. St. Louis, Illinois, observed a group of individuals standing on the sidewalk in front of a convenience store. As police vehicles approached the crowd, two individuals ran inside the store. An officer, who stopped his vehicle in front of the store, identified Borders as one of the individuals who ran inside. Borders admitted to running inside the store, due to having a gun on him and throwing the gun behind a display case. He also admitted to knowing he was not to possess a firearm, as a previously convicted felon. Borders agreed to forfeit the weapon.
This case was investigated the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force. This case is assigned to Special Assistant United States Attorney Neal C. Hong for prosecution.