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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Alexander County Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Firearm Offense

On September 12, 2014, Keithy D. Carter, a/k/a “Darnell K. Carter,” 23, of Tamms, Ill., pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Evidence at the plea hearing established that, on January 14, 2014, Carter possessed a Hi-Point, model C9, 9mm Luger semiautomatic pistol, in Tamms, Alexander County. The firearm had recently been used by another individual to commit a homicide in Jackson County. Because Carter had previously been convicted of a felony, he is prohibited from possessing firearms.

The firearm offense carries a penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years’ supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Carter is currently being held without bond while he awaits a December 16, 2014, sentencing hearing.

The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The Carbondale Police Department and Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.

Updated February 19, 2015