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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, May 8, 2015
Stephen R. Wigginton
, United States Attorney
Contact: James L. Porter

Kinmundy Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that James Conrad Riley, 44, of Kinmundy, Illinois, pled guilty on May 6, 2015, to an Indictment charging him with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. The prior felony alleged in the Indictment was Retail Theft, for which Riley was convicted in Ogle County, Illinois, on or about October 13, 2004.

The charges relate to an incident that occurred in April, 2009, when Riley sold four firearms to an individual in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. The transaction did not come to the attention of the Government until late 2013; Riley was charged in March, 2014, shortly before his anticipated release from a halfway house, following incarceration on separate federal charges for Sale of Stolen Motor Vehicles, for which he had been sentenced on November 7, 2011.

Riley also has prior convictions for Burglary of Vehicle, Aggravated Battery, Unlawful Possession of a Motor Vehicle, Driving While License Revoked, and Criminal Trespass.

Sentencing has been set for September 16, 2015, at 10 a.m. in federal district court in East St. Louis. The maximum penalties that can be imposed are ten years in prison, followed by 3 years’ supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a fine of $250,000.

The case was investigated by members of the Illinois Secretary of State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen B. Clark.

Field Division: Chicago Field Division