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Rock Island Man Sentenced to 84 Months in Prison for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of Illinois

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – A Rock Island, Illinois, man, Michael Eugene Dickerson, 34, was sentenced on November 4, 2021, to 84 months’ imprisonment for possession of a firearm by a felon.

At Dickerson’s sentencing hearing, Chief United States District Judge Sara Darrow found that Dickerson posed a great risk to the public and a sentence above the guideline range was warranted based on Dickerson’s “very high likelihood to recidivate.”

Also at the hearing, the government presented evidence that on October 3, 2019, Dickerson and an accomplice drove around in a car with firearms intending to hold up another individual at gunpoint. Dickerson and his accomplice then held up an innocent pedestrian at gunpoint before realizing the victim was not the person for whom they were looking.

Dickerson pleaded guilty in February 2021.

The statutory penalties for possession of a firearm by a felon include up to ten years in prison.

The Rock Island Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alyssa Raya represented the government in the prosecution.

Updated November 8, 2021