High Ridge man pleads guilty to possessing firearm - KMOV.com

High Ridge man pleads guilty to possessing firearm

(KMOV) -- High Ridge, Missouri resident, Arlanda Antonio Jones, 31, pled guilty to the charge of illegally possessing a firearm when he was previously a convicted felon.

Jones was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 18, 2010. He is being held without bound.

Court documents state that on May 4, 2010, agents working the WAVE (Working Against Violent Elements) detail in East St. Louis had a tip that drugs were being sold out of a residence on North 45th St.

When agents went to the address the discovered a number of people standing in the front yard.  As agents approached, they heard a gun shot.

After taking cover, the agents placed all the bystanders in handcuffs and began investigating.

They found a .380-caliber, Hi-Point, semi-automatic pistol, was loaded with ammunition on the ground in the backyard.

Jones admitted to possessing the gun, and was well aware that he was not able to possess a firearm due to his prior felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance.

The Illinois State Police crime lab found Jones' DNA on the firearm.

At Jones' sentencing, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, and three years’ supervised release.  The sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 16, 2011.

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