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

Monday, February 5, 2018

Williamson County Man Charged With Federal Firearm Violation


On January 4, 2018, Bobby A. Commons, a/k/a "Blood," 44, of Herrin, was charged by one-count indictment with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Donald S. Boyce announced today. The indictment alleges the offense occurred on November 22, 2017, in Williamson County. Commons made his initial appearance in federal court on February 2, 2018. He is currently being held without bond pending a February 6, 2018, bond hearing.

An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.

The firearm offense carries a maximum penalty of up to ten years of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, Herrin Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The Williamson County States Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

Firearms Offenses
Updated February 5, 2018