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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Southern District of Illinois

For Immediate Release

November 2, 2012

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney

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

Collinsville Man Sentenced on Firearm Conviction

Datorian L. Caswell, of Collinsville, was sentenced in federal district court on November 1, 2012, to 51 months in imprison for illegally possessing a firearm when he had been previously convicted of a felony, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton announced today. Caswell, 35, was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 23, 2012, and pled guilty on June 21, 2012. The district court also sentenced Caswell to serve a term of supervised release upon release from prison of three years and to pay a fine of $150 and a special assessment of $100.

At his plea, Caswell admitted that on September 28, 2011, in St. Clair County, he possessed a firearm and ammunition after having previously been convicted on October 25, 1999, of a state felony offense. The firearm and ammunition was described as one Lorcin .25-caliber handgun (semiautomatic pistol) and ammunition - forty-two (42) .25-caliber cartridges.

The case resulted from the efforts of the WAVE (Working Against Violent Elements) Task Force, which focuses its efforts on combating violent crime in East St. Louis, Washington Park, and surrounding communities. WAVE was formed in November 2009, and is a collaboration of law enforcement officers from the Illinois State Police, MEGSI, the St. Clair County Sheriff‘s Department, the East St. Louis Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the United States Marshals Service (USMS). The WAVE Task Force receives financial support through the Department of Justice‘s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative, a nationwide federal program which endeavors to address gun-related violence.

This investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Illinois State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Liam Coonan and H. Michael Thompson.