Cahokia Man Sentenced For Firearm Offense

(EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) — Marico T. Bratcher, 42, from Cahokia, Illinois, was sentenced on April 10, 2015, in federal court in East St. Louis, Illinois, for possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced Friday. Bratcher was sentenced to 51 months in prison, three years of supervised release, fined $250 and ordered to pay $100 special assessment. Bratcher, who had previously pled guilty, admitted that a .9mm semi-auto pistol found in a bedroom closet by law enforcement officials conducting a surveillance of his residence, while looking for a fugitive in Cahokia, Illinois, on or around June 14, 2014, belonged to him. The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan S. Drucker.