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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Central District of Illinois
Gregory K. Harris, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Thursday, September 7, 2023

Peoria, Illinois, Felon Sentenced to 65 Months in Prison for Possession of a Firearm

PEORIA, Ill. – A Peoria, Illinois, man, Dazmine M. Erving, 32, was sentenced on September 6, 2023, to a total of 65 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a felon.

In a prior written filing, the government stated that on September 14, 2022, a Peoria Police officer approached an SUV that was backed into a parking spot at River Front Park after the park had closed. The officer discovered Erving in the backseat of the vehicle with a juvenile female later determined to have an outstanding warrant for her arrest. The officer also smelled the odor of burnt cannabis coming from the SUV during the encounter. During a records check, the officer learned that Erving was on federal supervised release following a conviction for possessing a firearm as a felon. After Erving and the female exited the SUV, the officer located a firearm on the floorboard where Erving had been seated. The gun, a semiautomatic pistol, was loaded with a round of ammunition in the chamber and eight rounds in the magazine. The firearm had previously been reported stolen.

Erving was indicted in September 2022 and entered a guilty plea in May of 2023. Erving also pleaded guilty to a petition to revoke supervised release in his prior case alleging that possession of the pistol was a violation of the terms of his supervised release.

At sentencing, U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid imposed a term of 41 months’ imprisonment for Erving’s new gun case, to run consecutively to a term of 24 months’ imprisonment for violating the terms of his supervised release. The new sentence and supervised release sentence in combination require Erving to serve 65 months’ imprisonment. Erving’s term of imprisonment on the new case will be followed by a three-year term of supervised release. He has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest.

The statutory penalties for possessing a firearm as a felon are up to 15 years; imprisonment, a possible $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release.

The U.S. Department of Justice; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Peoria Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald L. Hanna represented the government in the prosecution.

The case against Erving is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.


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