Peoria felon sentenced to 3 years in prison for firearm possession

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Published: May. 11, 2022 at 5:31 PM CDT
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PEORIA (WEEK) - A 23-year-old Peoria man was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison for possessing a firearm as a felon.

At the sentencing hearing for Alante Malik Jackson, of the 4300 block of West Scenic Drive, the government presented evidence that on September 21, 2021, Peoria Police observed Jackson driving a stolen Dodge Charger that had been used to flee from police on multiple prior occasions.

At the time, Jackson was on probation for a state felony firearm case. When Jackson saw police drive into the gas station where he was parked at the fuel pump, he entered the Charger and sped away, leaving a cloud of smoke and debris.

Police followed Jackson, who crashed into a truck, causing the Charger to sustain a flat tire and become disabled. Jackson then fled on foot from police in a residential area and, during the chase, threw a handgun on the roof of a garage. Jackson was apprehended in the backyard of a residence.

Police then retrieved the firearm, a loaded Glock 23, 9mm handgun equipped with a high-capacity magazine loaded with 21 rounds of ammunition. The gun had previously been reported stolen from Canton, Illinois.

The statutory penalties for felon in possession of a firearm are up to 10 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release.

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