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

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Alton Man Pleads Guilty To Firearm Offense

On June 19, 2013, Brian L. Edelen, a 24-year old Alton, Illinois, man pled guilty in federal district court, in East St. Louis, to unlawful possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Edelen is scheduled for sentencing on September 23, 2013, at which time he faces a maximum potential sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, not more than 3 years of supervised release after his prison term, and a mandatory special assessment of $100. Edelen also agreed to forfeit the firearm.

Court proceedings revealed that on April 26, 2012, law enforcement officials conducted a parole compliance check at Edelen’s residence in Alton, Illinois. During the check, a semi-automatic pistol was located hidden in the bottom of a trash can in Edelen’s bedroom. Edelen was placed under arrest and admitted to having a firearm in the home.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive and the Illinois Department of Corrections, Parole Division. This case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak for prosecution.

Updated February 19, 2015