Metro-East News

East St. Louis man pleads guilty to firearm offense

Acting U.S. Attorney James Porter said Thursday that an East St. Louis man pleaded guilty in federal court to a firearm offense.

Porter said 24-year-old James Antwon Johnson was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Court records indicate Johnson had possessed a 7.62 caliber, SKS-style, semi-automatic rifle and ammunition last December after being previously convicted of a felony drug offense in Madison County.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 13 in the Southern District of Illinois. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the East St. Louis Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William E. Coonan and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily J. Wasserman.