For Immediate Release
Peoria Felon Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Possessing a Firearm
PEORIA, Ill. – A 23-year-old Peoria, Illinois, man, Alante Malik Jackson, of the 4300 block of West Scenic Drive, was sentenced on May 10, 2022, to three years’ imprisonment for possessing a firearm as a felon.
At the sentencing hearing, the government presented evidence that on September 21, 2021, Peoria Police observed Jackson driving a stolen Dodge Charger that had been used to flee from police on multiple prior occasions. At the time, Jackson was on probation for a state felony firearm case. When Jackson saw police drive into the gas station where he was parked at the fuel pump, he entered the Charger and sped away, leaving a cloud of smoke and debris. Police followed Jackson, who crashed into a truck, causing the Charger to sustain a flat tire and become disabled. Jackson then fled on foot from police in a residential area and, during the chase, threw a handgun on the roof of a garage. Jackson was apprehended in the backyard of a residence. Police then retrieved the firearm, a loaded Glock 23, 9mm handgun equipped with a high-capacity magazine loaded with 21 rounds of ammunition. The gun had previously been reported stolen from Canton, Illinois.
Jackson was indicted on the federal charge of felon in possession of a firearm in October 2021 and pleaded guilty in December 2021. He has been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals since his indictment.
The statutory penalties for felon in possession of a firearm are up to 10 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with the Peoria Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald L. Hanna represented the government in the prosecution.