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East St. Louis Man Sentenced to 13 Years For Armed Robbery of Marijuana Dealer

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

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – An East St. Louis man will be spending over a decade behind bars for
stealing someone’s marijuana at gunpoint. Tyran Jordan, 21, has been sentenced to 157 months in
federal prison on one count of interfering with commerce by robbery and one count of discharging a
firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Jordan pled guilty to the charges back in
According to court documents, the crimes occurred on Sept. 30, 2019, when Jordan arranged to sell a
gun to the victim in exchange for marijuana. The deal was supposed to occur in East St. Louis. When
the victim arrived at the designated meeting place, Jordan and two other men brandished their guns
and took the victim’s marijuana and cash by force. As the victim was fleeing the scene, Jordan and
the other men fired their weapons, striking the victim “numerous times.”

The court record identifies Jordan’s accomplices as “two unknown individuals.”

In handing down the sentence, United States District Judge Staci M. Yandle noted that the defendant
had not demonstrated any remorse for what he did to the victim. She also explained that a
significant prison sentence was necessary to protect the public and deter Jordan from committing
further crimes.

As part of his sentence, Jordan was also ordered to serve a three-year term of supervised release.

This  case  was  brought  as  part  of  Project  Safe  Neighborhoods  (PSN),  the  centerpiece  of 
the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program
proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders
work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop
comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses  enforcement efforts
on the most violent  offenders  and  partners  with  locally  based  prevention  and  reentry 
programs  for  lasting reductions in crime.

The investigation was conducted by the East St. Louis Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco,  Firearms  &  Explosives.  The  case  was  prosecuted  by  Assistant  United  States 
Alexandria Burns.

Updated October 4, 2021