Alton Man Pleads Guilty To Firearm Offense
On April 11, 2014, Cameron D. Matlock, a 22-year old Alton, Illinois, man pled guilty in federal district court, in East St. Louis, Illinois, 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. Matlock is scheduled for sentencing on August 1, 2014, at which time he faces a prison term of not more than 10 years’, a fine of up to $250,000, or both, not more than 3 years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.
Court proceedings revealed that on or about December 22, 2013, an Alton police officer was dispatched to an apartment building in Alton, Illinois, on a report of suspicious behavior by individuals parked in a vehicle towards the back of the building. Upon arrival, the officer observed two men standing outside of the car and two sitting in the backseat. As he came closer to the men, he immediately smelled marijuana and ordered the individuals inside the car to step out. Matlock occupied the driver side rear seat. A search of the car uncovered a small black handgun on the rear driver side floorboard, where Matlock was seated. Matlock admitted to knowing he was not to possess a firearm, as a previously convicted felon.
This case was investigated by the Alton Police Department and is assigned to Special Assistant United States Attorney Neal C. Hong for prosecution.