A press release from the U.S. Department of Justice:
ROCKFORD-A McHenry, Ill. Man was sentenced today in federal court by U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapal for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon on May 11, 2017.
MIGUEL JUNE GONZALEZ, 27, was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. Gonzalez pleaded guilty to the charge on Oct. 12, 2017.
According to the written plea agreement, prior to May 11, 2017, Gonzalez purchased a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol from another individual for $400 and kept the firearm at his apartment in McHenry, Illinois.
On May 11, 2017, deputies of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office went to Gonzalez’s apartment in McHenry to search Gonzalez’s residents pursuant to a search warrant issued by a McHenry County Circuit Court judge.
When the deputies knocked on the door of the defendant’s apartment, defendant was aware it was the police and took the .40 caliber pistol, which was loaded with four rounds of .40 caliber ammunition, and threw it out a window of the apartment.
Deputies recovered and seized the pistol from the yard of the defendant’s apartment.
The defendant was originally charged in state court, and was transferred to federal court where he was charged under though federal firearms laws as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program.
Project Safe Neighborhoods is an intensive, cooperative effort between local, state, and federal law enforcement to attack gun crimes.
The cornerstone of the program is that every defendant committing an offense involving a gun will be reviewed for possible federal prosecution in order to obtain the harshest penalties for the worst offenders.
Additional information about Project Safe Neighborhoods may be found at: www.psn.gov
The sentencing was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern district of Illinois; Celinez Nunez, Special Agent-in Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol. Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney; and Bill Brim, McHenry County Sheriff.
The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph C. Pedersen.