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Southern District of Illinois
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February 27, 2015

East Saint Louis Man Indicted for Firearm Offense

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today that Kasmiel Samuel Sumrall, 28, of East Saint Louis, was arraigned today, after being indicted last week by a federal grand jury, on charge of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. The charge carries maximum penalties of ten years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. Sumrall is detained pending trial which is set for April 20, 2015.

The indictment alleges that on or about October 6, 2014, in Saint Clair County, Sumrall, a/k/a “Kash,” possessed a 9-mm. Ruger semi-automatic pistol, its magazine, and ten rounds of 9-mm. ammunition. The indictment also alleges that Sumrall had previously been convicted, on October 30, 2007, of the felony offense of Aggravated Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police.

An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge and is entitled to a fair trial at which the United States must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The case was investigated by East Saint Louis Housing Authority, the East Saint Louis Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Liam Coonan.

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