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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

East St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty to Firearm Offense

On November 8, 2012, James T. Carter, a forty–one year old East St. Louis, 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. Carter is scheduled to be sentenced on February 22, 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. Carter also agreed to forfeit the firearm.

Court proceedings revealed that on July 12, 2012, two off–duty police officers witnessed a vehicle driven by Carter collide with another vehicle, in front of a club in Alorton, Illinois. After exiting the vehicle, Carter approached the front passenger side door of the second vehicle occupied by two individuals with a gun in his hand. The officers exited their vehicle to stop Carter, instructing him to lay on the ground. Carter complied and dropped the gun. The officers contained Carter until the local police arrived.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Alorton, IL, Police Department.

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