FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (KSDK) - The former assistant police chief in Centreville, Illinois was sentenced Friday for lying to law enforcement when questioned about selling a gun to a known felon, US Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton said.
A federal grand jury indicted Corey Allen on December 11, 2012 on charges of making false statements to federal investigators and selling a firearm to a felon.
Prosecutors said Allen came into possession of a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol while on the job and, rather than documenting the recovery of the weapon, he kept and later sold it to a registered sex offender on May 3, 2012 for $100. The sex offender had previously been convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
On October 11, 2012, federal investigators and Allen (then an officer) responded to a chase involving the aforementioned sex offender. The federal agents told Allen the suspect threw a gun while he was running, and asked Allen to interview the suspect. Unbeknownst to Allen, agents used recording devices to listen to the conversation, in which Allen discussed the gun and concocted a reason for the sex offender to say he ran from police.
After speaking with the sex offender, Allen rejoined federal agents and lied about the content of his conversation. Agents formally interviewed Allen on November 30, 2012, and Allen again lied about the handgun. Allen lied and said he'd never even seen the gun prior to October 11.
Allen pleaded guilty to making false statements on April 25, 2013. He was sentenced to 24 months in prison and must serve one year of supervised release.