Former Waterloo resident guilty of federal gun charge

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A former Waterloo resident entered a guilty plea in federal court this week on a firearms possession charge.

Joshua J. Doty, 28, of Marissa, pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. The offense took place last summer in Monroe County.

Sentencing is set for July 8, during which Doty faces up to 10 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and up to three years of supervised release. Doty agreed to the forfeiture of the firearm he pleaded guilty to possessing.

Court documents state that on July 1, 2015, the Illinois Department of Corrections, accompanied by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, conducted a parole compliance check at the Doty residence at 6002 J Road in Waterloo. During the check, a New England Firearms 20-gauge shotgun was found in a bedroom closet used by Doty. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department assisted with this compliance check.

Doty acknowledged knowing the firearm was at the residence and that he could not lawfully possess a firearm as a convicted felon.

In 2013, Joshua and his father, Charles L. Doty Jr., were charged in Monroe County with felony unlawful possession of cannabis (more than 2,000 grams) and unlawful production of cannabis sativa plants. Nine marijuana plants were discovered by police at 6002 J Road, according to court information. Josh Doty was also charged with felony driving while license revoked (second offense) at that time.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department worked in conjunction with the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois on that case.

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