(KMOV.com) – An East St. Louis man was sentenced Monday in federal court for possession of a firearm.
Leon Johnson, 24, was sentenced Monday in federal court in East St. Louis to 48 months in prison following his plea of guilty, on May 20, 2013, to an indictment charging him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The charge relates to an incident that occurred on June 5, 2012, in East St. Louis, Illinois.
According to court documents, law enforcement agents conducted a search of a residence pursuant to an arrest warrant. When agents proceeded to the basement of the residence, they observed Johnson lying on the couch.
As agents approached Johnson, they stepped on a fully loaded semi-automatic firearm hidden under some clothing on the floor.
Johnson was previously convicted of aggravated unlawful use of weapon on March 2, 2013 in St. Clair County. Additionally, a forfeiture of the firearm was ordered by the sentencing judge.
The case resulted from the efforts of the WAVE (Working against Violent Elements) Task Force. WAVE focuses on combating violent crime in East St. Louis, Washington Park, and other areas of the Metro-East.