Terrell D. Cleggett, 35, of Centralia, Illinois, pled guilty on November 22, 2016, in United States District Court to possession of a firearm by a felon and for being in possession of stolen firearms, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce, announced today. Cleggett faces up to ten years in federal prison for each count.
Cleggett was investigated following the November 29, 2014, burglary of Buchheit’s of Centralia. In that burglary, forty firearms and more than a thousand rounds of ammunition were stolen. Dakota Moss, also of Centralia, was sentenced to 248 months imprisonment on September 11, 2015, for committing that burglary. A juvenile accomplice was prosecuted separately in state court.
Court records established two of the guns stolen during the Buchheit’s burglary were eventually transferred from the juvenile accomplice to Terrell Cleggett, who knew or had reasonable cause to know that the firearms were, in fact, stolen. Cleggett later sold the two firearms to his friend and co-defendant, Brandon Hoskins. Hoskins previously pled guilty on August 11, 2016, and is scheduled to be sentenced on December 13, 2016. Thirty-eight of the stolen firearms were recovered by law enforcement officials, including the two firearms included in this prosecution.
Cleggett will be sentenced on February 21, 2017. Two remaining defendants charged in connection with the Buchheit’s burglary are scheduled for trial on January 9, 2017. Michael Rink and Justin Gibson both face charges of conspiracy to sell stolen firearms. Under the law, a charged defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.
The investigation is being conducted by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Explosives, the Centralia Police Department, along with the Clinton County States Attorney’s office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft.