EAST ST. LOUIS — An Alton man was sentenced to 46 months in prison Monday, Nov. 10, for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
The federal district court sentence for Shannon L. Musgraves, 27, of Alton, includes two years supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a $375 fine, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said in a press release Thursday.
Court proceedings revealed that on March 11, 2014, Musgraves was involved in a hit-and-run crash. The victim pursued Musgraves and reported the crash to the police. The driver also provided an address in Alton where Musgraves could be found. Upon arriving at the address, officers observed that the reported vehicle was hot to the touch and that the driver’s-side mirror had markings of a collision. Officers also noticed a handgun in plain view on the rear seat of vehicle.
After answering the door and allowing officers to enter the residence, Musgraves gave consent for the vehicle to be searched. Officers found a handgun under the driver’s seat. Musgraves subsequently admitted that the gun belonged to him.
According to published reports, Musgraves pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in 1993 for fatally shooting his father.
This investigation was conducted by the Alton Police Department and prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan S. Drucker.