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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Illinois
John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Friday, September 23, 2022

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.

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