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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 11, 2014

East St. Louis Man Sentenced For Making A False Statement During The Purchase Of A Firearm

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on July 11, 2014, Mack Davis, Jr., 23, was sentenced in federal district court, in East St. Louis, Illinois. The Honorable Judge David R. Herndon sentenced Davis to a term of 30 months in federal prison, to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release. Davis was also fined $250 and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.

On February 19, 2013, Davis pled guilty to a felony, residential burglary, in state court, in St. Clair County, Illinois. After receiving probation for his crime, he immediately went to a firearms store and attempted to purchase two firearms. Davis filled out a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Form 4473, which firearms purchasers are required to complete by law. The ATF Form 4473 is necessary in order to keep firearms out of the hands of prohibited individuals. Davis lied on the ATF Form 4473 stating that he was not a felon, when in fact he was.

This case was investigated by the ATF and prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Neal C. Hong.

Updated February 19, 2015