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

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Fenton Man Sentenced To 72 Months For Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm

St. Louis, MO –The United States Attorney's Office announced today that DERIC S. SILMAN of Fenton, Missouri, was sentenced today to 72 months for 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.

On March 9, 2013, a dispatcher for the Ellsinore Police Department received a telephone call from an individual stating Silman was at his residence and that Silman had pulled a pistol on him.  Officers responded to the residence and found Silman inside and placed him under arrest.  Officers searched the car that Silman had driven to the residence and located a loaded 9mm pistol under the driver’s seat. 
Silman had previously been convicted of the felonies of stealing, knowingly burning, tampering in the first degree, resisting arrest, assault and possession of a controlled substance.  As a convicted felon, Silman was prohibited from possessing firearms. 

The case was investigated by the Ellsinore Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Larry H. Ferrell handled the prosecution for the Government.

Updated March 19, 2015