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Centralia Man Gets Five Year Federal Prison Term for Firearms Offenses

December 15, 2016

A 32-year-old Centralia man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for possession of a firearm in connection with a drug offense. U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald Boyce, says Brandon Hoskins was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment and to serve three years of supervised release after he is released from prison.

Evidence in the case indicated two of the 39 guns stolen from Buchheit of Centralia in a November 2014 burglary were eventually transferred to Hoskins. When agents went to Hoskins’ home 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 the firearm as protection related to his drug dealing. The two stolen firearms were eventually recovered by law enforcement officials.

Hoskins pleaded guilty on August 11, 2016, in United States District Court.

Centralia Police and agents from the ATF identified the suspects soon after the burglary and have recovered thirty-seven of the thirty-nine stolen guns as of this date. Anyone with knowledge of the remaining stolen firearms or the ammunition is encouraged to call law enforcement.

The investigation is being conducted by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Centralia Police Department, along with the Clinton County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft.

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