EAST ST. LOUIS Ill. (KSDK) - An East St. Louis man has been sentenced for possession of a firearm by a user of controlled substances.
Ceontae D. Matthews, 20, pleaded guilty August 31, 2012 to the charge.
On Friday he was sentenced to 63 months in prison, three years of supervised release, ordered to pay a $625 file, and a $100 special assessment.
U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton says the charge comes from an incident September 5, 2011 in the Roosevelt Housing Complex in East St. Louis when Matthews received a call from his brother saying there had been an altercation at their mother's home in the complex.
Matthews, along with three friends, drove to a home where they obtained a Masterpiece Arms, 9mm semi-automatic pistol and a Norinco SKS 7.62 caliber semi-automatic rifle.
The group then headed to Matthews' mother's home.
A crowd began to gather at the complex, and someone in the crowd pulled out a gun.
Court documents state Matthews' friend, Pierre Knowles, fired the pistol several times into the air and Matthews tried to shoot the Norinco, but it would not work properly.
The four men left the area but were pulled over by a Centreville police officer for a traffic offense.
The officers saw the gun underneath a backpack Matthews had on his lap, and requested all men leave the vehicle.
Matthews and Knowles pleaded guilty to charges in this incident, as well as another man in the group, Cornell Eiland.
Knowles was sentenced in September to 18 months in prison, and Eiland was sentenced in August to 23 months in prison.
The man who provided the weapons, Jonathan Franklin, was sentenced in April to 51 months in prison for possession of firearms as a convicted felon, though it should be noted he did not go to the housing complex with the others.