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Centralia Man Pleads Guilty to Felon in Possession of Firearm Charge

August 13, 2016

A 32-year-old Centralia man has entered a guilty plea to a federal charge of possession of a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking offense.  Brandon Hoskins faces a minimum sentence of five years in prison when sentenced on December 13th.  

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Donald Boyce says Hoskins was investigated following the November 29th, 2014 burglary of Buchheit’s of Centralia.  In that burglary, 40 firearms and more than a thousand rounds of ammunition were stolen.  Another Centralia man, Dakota Moss, has already been sentenced to 248 months of imprisonment last September for committing that burglary.

Court records established that two of the guns stolen during the Buchheit’s burglary were eventually transferred to Hoskins.  When agents went to Hoskins’ home in December 2014 to search for the stolen firearms, they discovered a separate Glock pistol in his bedroom, along with an amount of heroin, a drug log book and drug packaging materials.  Hoskins admitted that he kept that firearm as protection related to his drug dealing.  

The two stolen firearms were eventually recovered by law enforcement officials. 

Three other defendants charged in connection with the Buchheit’s burglary are scheduled for trial on November 28th.  

The investigation was conducted by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Explosives, the Centralia Police Department, along with Clinton County State’s Attorney’s Office.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Weinhoeft.   

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