Metro-East News

Granite City man to serve prison time for illegal gun possession

A Granite City man will spend more than three years in prison after he fired a gun into the air at an East St. Louis housing complex in November 2016.

Leon Johnson, 28, was found on a park bench with a loaded pistol at his feet by East St. Louis police officers on Nov. 9, 2016. They had been called there on a report of shots fired in the Norman E. Owens Housing Projects, according to a press release from Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

A housing authority officer identified Johnson as the one who had been firing the pistol in the air moments before, the release stated.

At the time, Johnson was on supervised release in a prior federal case for felon in possession of a firearm. A petition to revoke his supervised release was filed in that case after Johnson’s arrest.

Johnson was convicted of possessing a firearm as a felon, according to officials. He was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6