News Release
June 9, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
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East St. Louis Man Sentenced on Cocaine, Firearms Charges

JUN 9 -- E. St. Louis, IL - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Abraham KILLINGSWORTH, age 31, of East St. Louis, was sentenced to a total of seventeen years imprisonment for his conviction of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. KILLINGSWORTH entered a plea of guilty to all three offenses on February 20, 2008.

Evidence received at the plea and sentencing established that KILLINGSWORTH planned and committed a September, 2006, armed robbery of 1.5 kilograms of cocaine from a Venice, Illinois man from whom he had arranged to purchase cocaine. During the course of the pre-arranged drug deal, KILLINGSWORTH pointed a .38 caliber firearm at the cocaine dealer and stole the cocaine. After vehicular and foot pursuits, KILLINGSWORTH was apprehended by officers of the Venice, Illinois Police Department.

KILLINGSWORTH faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years imprisonment based upon the amount of cocaine he possessed. He was sentenced to a consecutive seven-year sentence for brandishing a firearm during a drug trafficking offense.

The investigation was conducted by officers of the Venice, Illinois Police Department, along with agents of the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois (MEGSI) and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James E. Crowe, III.