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Felon on Pre-Trial Release Receives Consecutive Sentence for Second Gun Case

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

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – An East St. Louis, Illinois, man has been sentenced for possessing a gun as 
a convicted felon while on pre-trial release in another federal gun case. Tanario K. Darden, 47, 
has been sentenced to a total of 10 years in federal prison for two instances of felon in 
possession of a firearm.
According to court documents, on October 14, 2020, Darden was on federal pre-trial release for a 
felon  in  possession  case  when  he  was  found  in  possession  of  another  firearm.  Police  
located  a firearm  and  narcotics  in  a  hidden  compartment  inside  Darden’s  home.  Darden  
was  sentenced  in April of 2021 to 87 months imprisonment for his initial case.

On  Monday,  December  6,  2021,  Darden  was  sentenced  to  an  additional  33  months,  to  run 
consecutive to 87 months, for a total of 10 years imprisonment.

As part of his sentences, Darden was ordered to serve a 3-year term of supervised release following 
his imprisonment.

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 case was investigated by the Public Safety Enforcement Group (PSEG) and the East St. Louis 
Police Department. PSEG is a newly formed Illinois State Police unit embedded with and working in 
direct partnership with the East St. Louis Police Department.
Assistant United States Attorney Alexandria Burns prosecuted the case.

Updated December 9, 2021

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