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Press Release

Creal Springs Man Sentenced On Federal Firearms Charges

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

Charges Included Possession / Transfer of Short-barreled Rifles, Shotgun and Silencer

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced that Robert Ira Longworth, 28, of Creal Springs, Williamson County, Illinois, was sentenced today in the United States District Court in Benton. The district court ordered Longworth to serve 57 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. The court also ordered Longworth to pay $500 in fines and $400 in special assessments.

Longworth had previously plead guilty to three counts of illegal transfers of a firearm, being, a silencer, a short barreled rifle, and a short barreled shotgun, respectively, and one count of illegal possession of a short barreled rifle. Longworth had been held without bail since his arrest in April of this year. He was ordered to remain in jail pending his transfer to the federal Bureau of Prisons.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, with the assistance of the Illinois State Police, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department, the Creal Springs Police Department, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the Vienna Police Department, the Williamson County State’s Attorney, and the Johnson County State’s Attorney. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Liam Coonan.

Updated February 19, 2015