Rockford Man Charged with Illegal Possesson of Firearms
ROCKFORD — ALVIN J. MALONE, 31, of Rockford, was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Rockford for illegally possessing firearms as a convicted felon.
The indictment alleges that on Feb. 19, 2019, Malone illegally possessed a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, a .22-caliber rifle, and a loaded .45 semi-automatic pistol.
Malone has been in custody since his arrest on Feb. 19, 2019. He will appear for arraignment on March 6, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., before U.S. Magistrate Judge Iain D. Johnston in Rockford.
The indicted was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Timothy Jones, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. The Rockford Police Department assisted in the investigation. The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph C. Pedersen.
The charge of illegally possessing a firearm carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison, to be followed by up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.
The public is reminded that an indictment is only a charge and 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.