A Godfrey man was charged Monday in Madison County Circuit Court with unlawful possession of weapons by a felon, according to a press release from Madison County Sheriff Robert J. Hertz.
Police identified the suspect as Joshua L. Champlin, 38, of the 500 block of Pearl Street.
A sheriff’s deputy responded to a home on Friday, June 20, in the 500 block of Pearl Street in regard to speaking with Champlin. Information had been developed by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office that Champlin was at the residence and wanted per an outstanding arrest warrant issued by another police agency.
Deputies made contact with Champlin at his home, where he was taken into custody without incident. During the encounter a pair of brass knuckles was found in Champlin’s possession. Probable cause was developed to charge Champlin with unlawful possession of weapons by a felon.
It was discovered Champlin was convicted of the felony offense of aggravated assault in the Circuit Court of St. Louis on Feb. 20, 2007. The previous felony conviction enhanced the possession of the brass knuckles from a misdemeanor to a felony.
Champlin was transported to the Madison County Jail pending a formal review of facts by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The felony warrant and information on Champlin was issued by Judge James Hackett. Bond was set at $25,000. Champlin remains in the custody of the Madison County Jail.