Brighton Man Pleads Guilty to Firearm Offense
The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today that on October 8, 2015, Ryan Richard Duckett, 30, of Brighton, Illinois, pled guilty to the charge of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by an Unlawful User of a Controlled Substance. The charge carries maximum penalties of ten years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. Sentencing is set for January 12, 2016, at the United States District Court in Benton.
Court records indicate that Duckett admitted that on February 6, 2013, in Brighton, Jersey County, he possessed a GP WASR-10/63, 7.62 x 39 mm. caliber semi-automatic rifle during a time he was an unlawful user of controlled substances, namely cocaine and marijuana.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William E. Coonan.