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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Southern District of Illinois

For Immediate Release

November 8, 2012

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney

Contact: James L. Porter
(618) 628-3700

Centreville Man Pleads Guilty to Firearm Offense

On November 8, 2012, Michael A. Cooper, a fifty–six year old Centreville, IL, man pled guilty in Federal District Court, in East St. Louis, to Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Previously Convicted Felon, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Cooper is scheduled to be sentenced on March 1, 2013, at which at which time he faces a maximum potential sentence of 10 years’ in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, not more than 3 years of supervised release after his prison term, and a mandatory special assessment of $100. Cooper also agreed to forfeit various firearms.

Court proceedings revealed that on October 21, 2011, law enforcement officials executed a search warrant at a residence occupied by Cooper in Centreville, Illinois. During the search, various firearms were seized.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Metropolitan Enforcement Group for Southwestern Illinois.

This case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak for prosecution.