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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 21, 2014

Williamson County Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Firearm Offense

On March 20, 2014, Sherman L. Allen, Jr., a/k/a “Larue,” 29, of Marion, Ill., pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Evidence at the plea hearing established that, on July 29, 2013, agents executed a search warrant at a Marion residence where Allen had been residing. Agents located a Lorcin .25 caliber pistol, which Allen admitted was his. Because Allen had previously been convicted of a felony, he is prohibited from possessing firearms.

The firearm offense carries a penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Allen is currently being held without bond pending a June 18, 2014, sentencing hearing.

The investigation was conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The Illinois State Police Special Weapons and Tactics Team and Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.

Updated February 19, 2015