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April 30, 2015

East St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty to Firearm Charge

Demetrius Booker, 28, of East St. Louis, Illinois, pled guilty in United States District Court in East St. Louis, on April 29, 2015, to an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. The indictment alleged that Booker was found to be in possession of a 9 mm handgun on October 19, 2014. Prior to that date, Booker had been convicted of a felony offense which made it illegal under federal law for him to possess firearms or ammunition.

Sentencing is set for August 7, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. at the United States District Courthouse in East St. Louis. At that time, Booker faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release to follow his incarceration. The firearms and ammunition he illegally possessed will also be forfeited to the United States. Booker has been held without bond in the custody of the United States Marshal since his arrest on the federal charges. He was returned to the Marshal’s custody to await sentencing.

The case was investigated by the East St. Louis Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Hallock.

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