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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Southern District of Illinois

For Immediate Release

September 17, 2012

Stephen R. Wiggington, United States Attorney

Contact: James L. Porter
(618) 628-3700

East St. Louis Man Sentenced for Firearm Offenses

Kevin R. Clark Jr., 25, of East St. Louis, Illinois, was sentenced on September 17, 2012, in federal court, on a two-count Indictment charging him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Previously Convicted Felon and Conspiracy to Make a False Statement During the Purchase of a Firearm, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Clark was sentenced to 1 year and 1 day in prison, three years of supervised release, fined $400 and ordered to pay a $200 special assessment. Clark is also required to get drug testing and counseling, get workforce-ready job training development, and to pay child support as part of his supervised release conditions.

The violations referenced in the Indictment came about when Clark agreed to purchase a firearm for a third party for profit. Clark could not lawfully possess any firearms because of a prior felony conviction. Despite the conviction, Clark had obtained a Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card from the State of Illinois, due to a clerical error which did not notice his prior felony
conviction. Using his card, Clark purchased a firearm from a gun store in southern Illinois.

In a statement to law enforcement officers, Clark admitted that he agreed to make a "straw purchase" of a firearm for a third party, who he knew did not have a valid FOID card. Clark also admitted possessing the firearm, as well as the fact that he was a convicted felon and could not lawfully possess firearms.

The case was investigated by the ATF. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Deirdre Durborow.