5 Illinois Men Face Federal Weapons Crime Accusations
There are laws regulating who is allowed to own firearms and under what circumstances the firearms are allowed to be carried and used. If a person fails to adhere to these rules and regulations, he or she can face serious legal consequences which could even result in time behind bars. Five men are now facing federalweapons crime charges in Illinois.
The arrests were made after law enforcement officials investigated reports of gun violence in mid-September. The ages of the accused men were reported as 27, 22, 39, 34 and 38 respectively. All of them were charged with felony possession of a firearm. The 27-year-old man was also charged with distributing crack cocaine, along with the firearms charges. He will now have to defend against both charges in the upcoming court proceedings.
All five are currently being detained by the U.S. Marshals Service as ordered by the court. A federal grand jury indicted the men recently, although the exact charges have been sealed pending the arrests and appearances in court. The judge has set a trial date for mid-November. Each felony charge due to possession of firearms carries a potential penalty of as much as 10 years behind bars, while the drug charge carries a minimum of 10 years to life behind bars.
However, these penalties only apply if the Illinois men are actually convicted of the weapons crime and drug charges. Fortunately, they each have the right to defend themselves in a federal criminal courtroom. With a properly prepared and presented defense, it may be possible to minimize penalties or even avoid a conviction altogether.
Source: DailyHerald.com, “5 men from Kankakee area charged with gun violations“, , Sept 15, 2014
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