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

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Williamson County Man Sentenced for Federal Firearm Violation


On January 11, 2017, Russell D. Morris, a/k/a "Dickie Donald," 37, of Herrin, was sentenced to federal prison for a firearm offense, Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today.

Morris, who had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, was sentenced to 180 months of imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release, and was fined $300.00. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that, on January 29, 2016, agents did an Illinois Department of Corrections parole compliance check at Morris’s Herrin residence. During a search of Morris’s residence, agents located multiple firearms, along with methamphetamine. At sentencing, Morris received sentencing enhancements, because he possessed four firearms, three of which were stolen. Morris also received a sentencing enhancement, because at least one of the firearms was possessed in connection to the methamphetamine. Finally, Morris received an increased sentence based on his classification as an Armed Career Criminal.

The investigation was conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group and Illinois Department of Corrections – Parole Compliance Division. The Williamson County States Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation.


Firearms Offenses
Updated January 12, 2017