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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Charleston Man Sentenced to 221 Months for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

The United States Attorney's Office announced that MARIO EVANS, of Charleston, Missouri, was sentenced today to 221 months on one felony count of Being a Previously Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm.  He appeared before United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr.

Evans was convicted following a jury trial in United States District Court on December 4, 2014.  Testimony at trial established that on August 2, 2013, at approximately 11:45 p.m., an officer with the Charleston Department of Public Safety observed Evans’ vehicle parked in an abandoned car wash.  Further investigation revealed Evans was also at the car wash, and on the driver’s seat of Evans’ car officers observed a loaded .22 caliber Lorcin brand semi-automatic pistol with the serial number removed, $1,238 in U.S. currency and 45 grams of marijuana.

A set of scales used for weighing drugs was found in Evans’ pants pocket.  Evans was a previously convicted felon, having been convicted in 2001 and 2004 of distributing controlled substances.  As the result of Evans’ convictions, he was prohibited from possessing firearms.

The case was investigated by the Charleston Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.  Assistant United States Attorneys Larry H. Ferrell and Jack N. Koester handled the prosecution for the Government.

Updated April 8, 2015