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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Illinois
For Immediate Release
John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney
Friday, January 20, 2023

Rockford Man Sentenced to Nearly Six Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Forearm Possession

ROCKFORD — A Rockford man has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison for illegally possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon. 

U.S. District Judge Iain D. Johnston on Thursday sentenced BRANDON L. DISHMAN, 33, to 70 months in prison.  Dishman pleaded guilty last year to a federal charge of illegal possession of a firearm.

On Dec. 21, 2020, Dishman possessed a loaded .45-caliber pistol while riding in a vehicle.  The Rockford Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle.  As it slowed down and stopped, Dishman exited the vehicle and fled on foot in a residential neighborhood.  Dishman, ignoring officers’ commands to stop, dropped the gun as he ran.  After a brief chase, Dishman was apprehended by the police and taken into custody.  The loaded pistol was recovered in the front yard of a residence in the neighborhood.

The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Jeffrey L. Matthews, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and Carla Redd, Chief of the Rockford Police Department.  The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Beckman.

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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