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

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

East St. Louis Man Sentenced for Gun Offense


Elvinn Pawnell, 38, of East St. Louis, Illinois, was sentenced on November 8, 2016, in federal district court, in Benton, Illinois, following his recent plea of guilty to one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce, announced today. Pawnell was sentenced to 52 months of imprisonment, to be followed by a term of 3 years of supervised release, and was further ordered to pay a $100 special assessment and a $100 fine.

On November 3, 2015, police officers executed a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Pawnell in East St. Louis for a traffic violation. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed the presence of a firearm belonging to Pawnell in the vehicle. Pawnell was a previously convicted felon, which prohibited him from possessing any firearm.

The case was investigated by the Illinois State Police and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.

Firearms Offenses
Updated November 8, 2016