East St. Louis man sentenced to prison on weapons charges

News-DemocratSeptember 23, 2013 

An East St. Louis man was sentenced Monday in federal court on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Dartavious Thomas, 30, received a 2 1/2 - year prison sentence in federal court in the Southern District of Illinois in East St. Louis, according to Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. attorney for the southern district.

The charges relate to an incident that occurred on Feb. 5 in East St. Louis when law enforcement agents, performing a parole compliance check at Thomas' home, found a firearm.

Thomas was previously convicted of criminal trespass to a residence on July 18, 2012. The sentencing judge also ordered forfeiture of the firearm and twelve rounds of ammunition.

The case was investigated by members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen B. Clark.

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