Convicted felon pleads guilty to possessing firearm taken from Rural King

EAST ST. LOUIS — A 43-year-old Cahokia man pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to possession of a firearm taken in a Swansea Rural King break in.

Michael J. Khoury pleaded guilty to one count of Possession of a Weapon by a Felon. Evidence showed that on January 19, 2015, Khoury and another individual broke in to Rural King, located in Swansea and stole over fifteen firearms. Khoury later sold one of the stolen firearms to a confidential informant, who provided that weapon to law enforcement.

The serial number of that firearm matched the serial number of one of the firearms taken in the burglary.Sentencing has been scheduled for August 21, 2015, in front of the Honorable David R. Herndon. Due to Khoury’s criminal history, he is eligible for sentencing as an Armed Career Criminal, thus he faces a minimum sentence of fifteen years in the Bureau of Prisons.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Swansea Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Laura Reppert.