A Rockford man has been sentenced to ten years in federal prison without parole and three years of supervised release for illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
Nicholas Stenson, 29, was initially charged in state court, but his case was transferred to federal court where he was charged under laws that are part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program. Stenson was found guilty in October 3, 2012, after a jury trial.
According to the indictment and trial evidence, just after 2:00 a.m. on July 10, 2011, Stenson was observed standing next to a green Pontiac on Rock Street by members of the Rockford Police Department's M3 Street Team.
When officers parked their car near the Pontiac and activated their lights, Stenson ran to the back of the Pontiac, reached into his waistband, and threw a gun beneath the vehicle. The gun, a black Colt .45 handgun loaded with six rounds of Blazer .45 caliber ammunition, was recovered by police.
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