East St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty To Firearm Offense
On December 13, 2013, Dwayne R. Ramsey, a 33-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. Ramsey is scheduled for sentencing on March 28, 2014, at which at which time he faces a maximum potential sentence of 10 years’ in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, not more than 3 years’ of supervised release after his prison term, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.
Court proceedings revealed that on July 28, 2013, a St. Clair County deputy observed Ramsey lying unconscious next to a pay phone at Emerson Park Metro Station. Ramsey was believed to be intoxicated, due to his speech pattern and the strong odor coming from his breath. A background check on Ramsey indicated an active warrant. He was placed under arrest and searched, where a firearm was recovered on him. Prior to July 28, 2013, Ramsey had been convicted of a crime that was punishable by a term of imprisonment of more than one year.
This case was investigated the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Neal C. Hong.