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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, September 21, 2015
James A. Lewis
, United States Attorney
Contact: Sharon Paul

Vermilion County Man Indicted on Gun Charge

Urbana, Ill. – A November 2015 trial date has been scheduled for a Danville, Ill., man indicted on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, as announced by Jim Lewis, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois. A trial date of Nov. 24, 2015, has been set for Dashun W. Avery, 20, of the 800 block of N. Bowman Ave.

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The indictment, returned early this month, had remained sealed pending Avery’s court appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric I. Long on Friday, Sept. 18. Judge Long ordered that Avery remain detained in U.S. Marshals Service custody.

The indictment alleges that on July 13, 2015, Avery unlawfully possessed a nine millimeter, semi-automatic pistol with an obliterated serial number after having previously been convicted of a felony offense. If convicted, the statutory maximum penalty is up to 10 years in prison, and a fine of up to $250,000.

The case is being prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugene L. Miller. The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Danville Police Department.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is merely an accusation; the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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