Metro-East News

Metro-east man who threw gun in woods and ran from cops gets 21 months

A 20-year-old East St. Louis man was sentenced to more than one year in prison on Thursday for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

DeShawn C. Carlisle had been charged with a felony after running from police officers when they were attempting to question him at the Roosevelt housing complex in East St. Louis in December. A news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois said Carlisle had previously been banned from the complex.

Authorities said that while he was running, Carlisle threw a 9mm semiautomatic weapon into a wooded area. Carlisle was arrested by police, and the weapon was recovered.

He was charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

Court documents said Carlisle was previously convicted for obstructing a police officer in July 2015.

In the new case, Carlisle was sentenced to 21 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, and fined $250.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.