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Felon Arrested For Possessing A Firearm At Area Shooting Range

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

CHICAGO — A Chicago man was arrested this morning and is facing federal gun charges for  being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The defendant, LABAR SPANN, was arrested following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Chicago Police Department.

SPANN, 36, of the 800 block of North Francisco Street, was arrested at his residence and charged by criminal complaint that was unsealed following his initial appearance today.  He appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael T. Mason and was ordered to remain in custody pending a detention hearing at 2:00 p.m. on Monday in U.S. District Court.

According to the complaint, on September 14, 2014, Spann, a convicted felon, knowingly possessed a firearm, namely a Glock 19, model 19C, .9 mm caliber handgun while with two individuals, L.H. and K.C., at Midwest Sporting Goods, a firearms store and shooting range, located in Lyons, Illinois.  Allegedly, one of the individuals, L.H., rented a Glock 19C pistol and proceeded to the firing line with Spann and K.C. while Spann allegedly loaded a magazine with 9 mm ammunition into the firearm and then shot at the target, emptying the magazine. Spann then allegedly loaded additional magazines into the firearm twice and handed it to L.H., then K.C., who each shot at targets and emptied the magazines.

If convicted of being a felon-in-possession of a firearm, the defendant could be sentenced to a maximum 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 maximum fine.  If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.

The arrest and charges were announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Robert J. Holley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Chicago Office; Carl Vasilko, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

The government is being represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Peter S. Salib, Timothy J. Storino and Tobara Richardson.

The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


Updated July 24, 2015