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

Friday, August 1, 2014

Belleville Man Sentenced For Firearm Offense

Ronnell M. Hunter, 21, of Belleville Illinois, was sentenced on August 1, 2014, in federal district court, in East St. Louis, Illinois, for unlawfully possessing a firearm by a previously convicted felon, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Hunter was sentenced to 24 months in prison, to be followed by three years supervised release, fined $250, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. He was apprehended after he ran from law enforcement officers requesting he show identification, as he walked through the John DeShields Housing Complex in East St. Louis, Illinois. A Smith & Wesson .38 semi-automatic pistol was discovered in Hunter’s pocket during a pat down after his arrest. Hunter admitted to knowingly possessing the firearm.

This case was investigated by the East St. Louis Police Department and prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Neal C. Hong.

Updated February 19, 2015