EAST ST. LOUIS — A Madison man has pleaded guilty to firearms charges in federal court.
In a press release Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said Monte D. Perry, 26, of Madison, pleaded guilty Monday, Dec. 15, to a two-count indictment charging him with illegal transfer of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
On both counts, Perry faces a federal prison term of not more than 10 years, a fine up to $250,000, or both, and a term of supervised release of not more than three years. Perry’s sentencing is scheduled for April 13 at the federal courthouse in East St. Louis. Perry has been detained since his Sept. 26 arraignment on the indictment.
The charges arose from a controlled buy of a sawed-off shotgun from Perry, who had been convicted of a felony offense in Madison County in 2009. The controlled buy was videotaped. During the buy, Perry is heard discussing the characteristics of the gun, clearly indicating that he knew that the shotgun had been sawed off. After being paid for the sawed-off shotgun, Perry wiped his prints from it before placing it in the backseat of the confidential source’s vehicle.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The case is assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Scott.