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 April 19, 2023