Alton Man Pleads Guilty to Firearm Offense
On May 28, 2013, Jared R. Henry, a thirty-four year old Alton, Illinois, man pled guilty in 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. Henry is scheduled for sentencing on September 13, 2013, 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. Henry also agreed to forfeiture of the firearms.
Court proceedings revealed that on October 18, 2012, police officers went to a residence in Alton, IL, after receiving an anonymous tip about drug activity at the home. Officers were aware of an active warrant for Henry’s arrest before arriving on the premises. Officers knocked several minutes upon arrival and were allowed to enter the home by a resident answering the door. Once inside, an officer immediately observed Henry lying in bed in a bedroom in direct view of the front door. He was presented with the warrant, arrested and removed from the household. Officers were given written consent to search the premises by the resident answering the door. Five different firearms were recovered during the search.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Alton Police Department, and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak for prosecution.