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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, March 18, 2016
James L. Porter
, United States Attorney
Contact: AUSA Assigned to the Case

Cahokia Woman Sentenced to 24 Months for Disposing of Firearm to Felon

A Cahokia woman, who pled guilty to Disposing of a Firearm to a Felon, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison on March 17, 2016, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, James L. Porter, announced today. Kamia D. McLemore, 27, of Cahokia, Illinois, received a 24-month sentence for Disposing of a Firearm to Felon. Following release from imprisonment, McLemore will serve a one-year term of supervised release. McLemore was also fined $100, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. McLemore pleaded guilty to the charges on November 24, 2015.

The charges arose from an incident in which members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATF) learned of a suspicious purchase by McLemore of a Romanian WASR-10, 7.62 x 39mm semi-automatic rifle in November, 2013. Further investigation revealed that she had also purchased a Masterpiece Arms, MPA10T, .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol in September, 2013. When agents interviewed McLemore, she told them that she had taken the guns to her boyfriend’s house, also in Cahokia. Agents learned that the boyfriend was a previously-convicted felon. McLemore took the agents to the boyfriend’s house (where she also resided three nights a week) and allowed agents to seize the guns, two bayonets, and a laser scope. Investigation also revealed that she had made inquiries about buying a 75-round drum magazine that would fit the rifle, but she later decided not to buy the magazine.

The case was investigated by members of BATF and members of the Cahokia Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen Clark.

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