Cairo Man Sentenced For Firearm Offense

(EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) — Deldrick L. Spence, 28, from Cairo, Illinois, was sentenced on January 5, 2015, in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois, on one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced Tuesday. Spence was sentenced to 57 months in prison, two years of supervised release, fined $200 and ordered to pay $100 special assessment, following his plea of guilty on September 22, 2014. The charges stem from a traffic stop conducted by the Clair County Sheriff’s Department that occurred on December 21, 2013, in Belleville, Illinois, when Spence, a passenger in the vehicle, admitted to owning a .9mm pistol uncovered during a search of the car, found inside the passenger seat side pocket. Spence also agreed to forfeiture of the firearm. The investigation was conducted by the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department and prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan S. Drucker.