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Fairview Heights Man Sentenced to Prison for Firearm Offense

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


Steven D. Weinhoeft, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on January 24, 2019, Michael Norris, 30, of Fairview Heights, Illinois, was sentenced for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. At the time of his arrest, Norris was on supervised release in a prior federal case involving a conviction for Possession of a Firearm by a Person with a Misdemeanor Conviction for a Crime of Domestic Violence. A petition to revoke Norris’s supervised release was filed in that case after his arrest.

Pursuant to a sentencing agreement, the Honorable Michael J. Reagan sentenced Robinson to a total of 3 years in federal prison combining the new conviction as well as the supervised release revocation case for sentencing purposes. Norris’s prison sentence will be followed by 3 years of supervised release. Norris also agreed to forfeit the firearm that he illegally possessed.

Court proceedings revealed that on April 7, 2018, a Fairview Heights police officer conducted a traffic stop on Norris’s vehicle for expired plates and excessive window tint. A records search indicated that Norris’s driver’s license was suspended. He was arrested for driving while his license was suspended. A search of his vehicle led to the discovery of a loaded 9mm handgun in the center console, as well as multiple baggies of marijuana.

The case was investigated by the Fairview Heights, Illinois, Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Hoell.

Updated January 24, 2019

Firearms Offenses