An Alton man is facing federal prison time after being sentenced in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis on Tuesday for unlawful possession of a firearm.  25 year old Brian L. Edelen was a convicted felon at the time of the offense and will spend nearly five years in prison.  

During a probation compliance check on April 26, 2012, police officers found a loaded semi-automatic pistol hidden at the bottom of a trash can in a bedroom inside Edelen's residence.  He had previously served a prison term of more than a year for a felony conviction.  Following his release from prison for this conviction, he will also have three years of supervised release.

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