For Immediate Release
Rockford Man Sentenced for Illegally Possessing a Firearm
ROCKFORD — A Rockford man was sentenced today in federal court by U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala for illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. CLIFFORD HORTON, 28, of Rockford, Ill., was sentenced to 86 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. Horton pleaded guilty to the charge on Dec. 15, 2015, and admitted that on Nov. 4, 2014, having previously been convicted as a felon, he possessed a Taurus .380 caliber pistol.
The sentence was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Jeffery Magee, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; Gary Caruana, Winnebago County Sheriff; and, Patrick Hoey, Interim Chief of the Rockford Police Department.
The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott R. Paccagnini.