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Centralia Man Sentenced to 240 Months for Illegal Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Stolen Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – Ian N. Merideth, 38, of Centralia, Illinois, was sentenced today in federal 
court to 20 years in prison for Possession of a Stolen Firearm and being a Felon in Possession of a 
Firearm.   Merideth received a $500 fine and was ordered to pay $200 in special assessment fees. 
Following his release, he will spend three years on supervised release.
According to court documents, Merideth was sentenced following a series of criminal acts that 
occurred  on  July  9,  2021.   Merideth  admitted  that  on  July  9,  2021,  he  burglarized  a  
home  in Hoffman, Illinois, taking seven firearms including a Weihrauch .357 revolver.   Later that 
same day,  Wamac  Officer  Muechenheim  stopped  Merideth  and  attempted  to  arrest  him  for  an 
outstanding  arrest  warrant.   Merideth,  a  convicted  felon,  retrieved  the  stolen  Weihrauch  
.357 revolver and fired four rounds at Officer Muechenheim.

Attempted Murder charges against Merideth remain pending in Clinton County Circuit Court.

This case was investigated by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, Wamac Police Department, the 
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 
Springfield Field Office.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Hudson.

Updated July 13, 2022

Firearms Offenses