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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 27, 2015

East St. Louis Man Sentenced To 52 Months In Prison For Illegal Possession Of A Firearm

Octavius Thomas, 31, of East St. Louis, Illinois was sentenced today in the United States District Court to 52 months in prison for Felon in Possession of a Firearm, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, has announced. Thomas was also ordered to pay a fine of $500, a $100 special assessment and to serve a term of 2 years of supervised release following imprisonment. Thomas has been in custody since his arrest on August 28, 2014.

"Getting illegal weapons, and those who traffic in them, off of our streets and out of our communities is, and will remain, one of my top priorities." noted United States Attorney Wigginton.

Court documents establish that on August 5, 2014, Thomas sold a .44 caliber Amadeo Rossi revolver to a confidential informant working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in exchange for a motorcycle and $40 in United States currency. At the time Thomas sold the firearm, Thomas was a previously convicted felon, having been convicted of the offense of Second Degree Murder in 2002.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ali Summers.

Updated April 28, 2015