An illegal immigrant from Mexico living in Granite City was sentenced Tuesday, Dec. 1, to one year and one day in federal prison for the offense of unlawful possession of a firearm by an illegal alien.
In a press release, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said Jose Galvan-Lopez, 44, pleaded guilty to the federal charge on Aug. 10. He has been continually confined since his arrest in Granite City on May 8. At his change of plea hearing in August, Galvan-Lopez admitted he is an illegal alien who had been previously deported from the United States to Mexico, and that he had purchased a stolen 9mm assault rifle and ammunition for $50 in cash in St. Louis in 2013.
Upon release from federal custody, Galvan-Lopez acknowledged he will be deported again.
The investigation which resulted in Galvan-Lopez’ arrest and conviction was conducted by the Granite City Police Department and by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.
The case is assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Garrison.