James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on January 12, 2016, Ryan Richard Duckett, 30, of Brighton, Illinois, was sentenced on the charge of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by an Unlawful User of a Controlled Substance. The U.S. District Court in Benton sentenced Duckett to 37 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. The district court also ordered Duckett to pay a fine of $600.00 and a special assessment of $100.00.
Court records indicate that Duckett admitted on February 6, 2013, in Brighton, Illinois, Jersey County, that he possessed a GP WASR-10/63, 7.62 x 39 mm. caliber semi-automatic rifle, during a time that he was an unlawful user of controlled substances, namely cocaine and marijuana.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William E. Coonan.