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

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Man Pleads Guilty To Armed Robbery

Case is a Continuation of the Hobbs Act Anti-Armed Robbery Initiative

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that Wallace B. Carson, 48, of East St. Louis, Illinois, pled guilty today in United States District Court in East St. Louis to a three-count indictment charging him with Interference with Commerce by Robbery, Brandishing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Previously Convicted Felon.

Facts revealed in Court were that on September 2, 2015, Carson entered the Walgreens located on 2510 State Street, East St. Louis, Illinois, pulled out a gun and committed an armed robbery. In addition, Carson had a prior felony conviction punishable by imprisonment by a term exceeding more than one year, thus he was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

The investigation was led by the East St. Louis Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Deirdre A. Durborow.

Updated February 4, 2016