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Southern District of Illinois

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

East St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty To Firearms Offense

An East St. Louis man pled guilty in federal district court on January 16, 2013, to an Indictment charging him with the 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.

Travis D. Summerville, 33, East St. Louis, IL, faces a term of in prison of not more than ten (10) years, a fine up to $250,000, or both, and a term of supervised release of not more than three (3) years when he is sentenced on April 26, 2013. Summerville also agreed to forfeit the firearm he illegally possessed.

The violation occurred on December 13, 2010, when members of the Working Against Violent Elements (WAVE) Task Force went to Summerville’s home to investigate an anonymous tip that drugs were being sold and that firearms were also present. Officers obtained a state search warrant for the home and recovered a 9mm semi-automatic firearm hidden in the basement ceiling next to a bag of suspected marihuana. 9mm shells and additional marihuana were found in Summerville’s bedroom. Summerville admitted possession of the gun in a voluntary statement to law enforcement officers, stating that he bought the gun “off the street” for $70. He also admitted that he hid the gun, along with some marihuana, in the basement of the residence. Finally, Summerville admitted knowing that he could not legally possess a firearm because of a previous felony conviction.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.

Updated February 19, 2015