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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, September 23, 2022
John R. Lausch, Jr.
, United States Attorney

Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing Firearm in Freeport

ROCKFORD — A man has been sentenced to more than two and a half years in federal prison for illegally possessing a firearm in Freeport, Ill.

JERRY YOUNG, 49, of Freeport, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a charge of illegal firearm possession. As a previously convicted felon, he was prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms. Young admitted in a plea agreement that he illegally possessed a pistol on Sept. 22, 2021, in Freeport.

U.S. District Judge Iain D. Johnston imposed the 32-month prison sentence Wednesday after a hearing in federal court in Rockford.

The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Kristen de Tineo, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the ATF; and Matt Summers, Chief of the Freeport Police Department. The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Ladd.

Holding illegal firearm possessors accountable through federal prosecution is a centerpiece of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) – the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction strategy. In the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Attorney Lausch and law enforcement partners have deployed the PSN program to attack a broad range of violent crime issues facing the district, particularly firearm offenses.

Chicago Field Division