Convicted felon gets four years for having sawed-off shotgun

News-DemocratJune 11, 2013 

An East St. Louis resident has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm.

ReSean Ridgel, 25, was sentenced in United States District Court Monday to 46 months in federal prison. He previously pleaded guilty to possessing a sawed-off shotgun despite the fact that he was previously convicted on a felony county of retail theft.

There is no parole in the federal prison system. In addition to the prison sentence, Ridgel must serve 3 years of supervised release following imprisonment.

"My office remains committed to prosecuting criminals who illegally arm themselves," United States Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said. "We will continue to protect our communities from unauthorized gun possession. A sentence such as Ridgel's serves to exemplify that unwavering commitment."

This case was investigated by the East St. Louis Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Monica A. Stump was the prosecutor.

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