Springfield, IL-(ENEWSPF)- A St. Louis, Missouri resident, Anthony D. Bady, 23, was sentenced in federal court to 30 months in prison for illegally possessing a firearm when he was a previously convicted felon, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
According to court documents, on May 7, 2011, at about 2:45 a.m., law enforcement officers saw a red Oldsmobile Alero with Missouri plates parked on the shoulder of Collinsville Road, just west of Martin Luther King Drive, in East St. Louis. The officers saw Bady exit the passenger side of the red Alero. As the officers approached the vehicle, they saw Bady go back to the red Alero and get into the passenger side. Upon investigation, one of the officers found a small amount of marijuana on Bady’s person. An officer also found a firearm between the passenger seat and the center console of the Alero. The firearm was loaded with 12 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition. Bady was previously convicted of a felony.
This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois (MEGSI). The case resulted from the efforts of the WAVE (Working Against Violent Elements) Task Force, which focuses its efforts on combating violent crime in East St. Louis, Washington Park, and surrounding communities. WAVE was formed in November 2009 and is a collaboration of law enforcement officers from the Illinois State Police; MEGSI; the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department; the East St. Louis Police Department; the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); and the United States Marshals Service (USMS). The WAVE Task Force receives financial support through the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative, a nationwide federal program which endeavors to address gun-related violence.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen B. Clark.