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East St. Louis man sentenced to 8 years for possession of firearm

Michael Davis
Michael Davis Provided by Fairview Heights Police Department

An East St. Louis man was sentenced to eight years in prison for unlawful possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

Michael Davis, 32, will also have to pay a $100 special assessment and serve three years of supervised release, according to a U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois news release. Davis’ case was tried in the U.S. District Court, so as a federal case, there is no option for parole.

Davis has been in custody since August 2016, after Fairview Heights police arrested him for firing a semiautomatic rifle in the back yard of a residence.

Police arrived after calls of shots fired at a residence in Fairview Heights, then heard a weapon being “racked,” and heard three rapid shots coming from the rear of the residence, according to the news release. They later recovered a video showing Davis firing the rifle that day.