Perry County Man Sentenced For Explosives, Firearms Charges

(BENTON, IL) — A Perry County man was sentenced on February 10, 2016, to federal prison on explosives and firearms charges, James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced Wednesday. Samuel L. Dunson, 19, of DuQuoin, IL, was sentenced to 52 months in federal prison, to be followed by two years’ supervised release, and fined $300. Dunson had previously pleaded guilty to three counts in a federal indictment which charged (Count 1) on August 5, 2015, around 5:00 a.m., in Perry County, Illinois, Dunson did knowingly possess a destructive device, described as an Improvised Explosive Incendiary Device, which had not been registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, and, (Count) 2 on August 5, 2015, around 5:30 a.m., in Perry County, Illinois, Dunson did knowingly possess a destructive device, further described as an Improvised Explosive Incendiary Device, which had not been registered, and, (Count 3) on August 5, 2015, in Perry County, Illinois, Dunson did knowingly possess a firearm, that is, a weapon made from a Revelation model 350M shotgun, with a barrel length of less than 18 inches, commonly referred to as a sawed-off shotgun, which had not been registered. The investigation in this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the DuQuoin, IL Police Department, and the Illinois State Police Department. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.