Rockford Man Sentenced to Four Years in Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing Handgun

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ROCKFORD — A Rockford man has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for illegally possessing a loaded handgun with an obliterated serial number. 

DONTREL U. BROWN, 24, illegally possessed the gun on May 13, 2020, in Rockford.  Brown at the time was on probation for previous felony convictions and was prohibited by federal law from possessing the firearm.

U.S. District Judge Iain D. Johnston imposed the sentence Monday after a hearing in federal court in Rockford.

The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Kristen de Tineo, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives.  The Rockford Police Department provided valuable assistance in the investigation.  The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica S. Maveus.

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