Carbondale Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing a Firearm
On May 9, 2013, Andre V. Scott, of Carbondale, IL, plead guilty in United States District Court in Benton to an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Facts revealed at the time of Scott’s plea that, on November 29, 2012, Scott was involved in a dispute in Carbondale. During the dispute, Scott retrieved a Charter Arms, .38 special revolver and threatened multiple persons with the gun. Scott is prohibited from possessing firearms based on a prior felony conviction for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance. Scott is currently being held without bond pending an August 22, 2013, sentencing date. At that time, he faces a penalty of up to 10 years in prison, up to 3 years’ supervised release following any prison sentence, and a fine of up to $250,000. The firearm Scott illegally possessed is also subject to forfeiture to the United States.
The investigation was conducted by the Carbondale Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.