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Six-Time Convicted Felon Sentenced to 37 Months Imprisonment for Illegal Possession of Ammunition

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

East St. Louis, Ill. – A man from the Metro East will spend more than three years in prison for 
illegally possessing firearm ammunition. Keithen D. Chairs, 25, was sentenced to 37 months in 
federal prison for being a Felon in Possession of Ammunition.
The crime occurred in July of 2020 when the United States Marshals Service located Chairs in an 
East St.  Louis  apartment  and  arrested  him  for  multiple  active  warrants.  Chairs  was  in  
possession  of  a backpack which contained 23 rounds of (9 mm) ammunition. Federal law prohibits 
convicted felons from possessing firearms and firearm ammunition. A federal grand jury indicted 
Chairs for being a Felon in Possession of Ammunition in November of 2020, and Chairs pled guilty on 
May 25, 2021.

As part of his sentence, Chairs will serve a three-year term of supervised release following his 
release from federal prison.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), 
United  States  Marshals  Service  Great  Lakes  Regional  Fugitive  Task  Force,  and  the  St.  
Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher Hoell and John Trippi.

Updated October 1, 2021