Felon sentenced to federal prison for possessing gun

September 15, 2018

PEORIA — Howard Johnson Jr., of Kankakee, was sentenced to 7½ years last week in federal prison for possession of a firearm by a felon.

The 25-year-old Johnson was arrested on Sept. 19, 2017, by Project Safe Neighborhood Task Force and Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group agents on federal warrants.

Johnson is alleged to have possessed a Ruger .357 revolver by Kankakee Police.

Johnson agreed to plead guilty on April 9. He will be on probation three years after his release from prison.

Project Safe Neighborhood Task Force includes the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and investigators with the Kankakee Police Department, working with the Central District of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office.

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