A 28-year-old Rockford man faces ten years in prison without parole after being found guilty of a federal gun charge.
Nicholas Stenson was found guilty of illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon by a federal jury after a three-day trial. According to evidence and the indictment, Stenson was arrested after officers noticed him standing next to a green Pontiac on Rock Street on July 10, 2011 just after 2:00 a.m.
Police pulled up near the car and turned on the emergency lights. That's when, according to the indictment, Stenson ran to the back of the Pontiac, reached into his waistband, and threw a gun underneath the car. The gun, a black Colt .45 handgun with six rounds of ammunition, was recovered by police.
After originally being charged in state court, Stenson's case was transferred to federal court where he was tried under federal firearms laws as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program. More information on that program can be found here.
Stenson could face up to ten years in prison without parole. His sentencing is scheduled for January 9, 2013.
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