An Alton man pleaded guilty this week to unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. 29 year old Don A. Miller was a convicted felon at the time of the incident and could get up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on August 2 in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis.
Police found a loaded semi-automatic pistol during a search of his home in Alton in July of last year, after a live-in girlfriend gave consent for law enforcement to enter. Miller had already been convicted as a felon and sentenced to more than a year in jail, making him eligible for the enhanced charges. The case was investigated by Alton Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.