A 39-year-old Alton man has pled guilty in federal court to a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. Elijah Woods will face a minimum potential sentence of 15 years in prison, up to a maximum of life behind bars. The plea stems from an incident over a year ago near the intersection of Wescot Street and Central Avenue.

According to information provided by the U.S. Attorney's office, Alton police were stopped at an intersection on September 19, 2010, when they noticed a car pass by that smell of marijuana. During the traffic stop, Woods got out of the back seat and began walking away, in defiance of police orders. An unsuccessful foot pursuit ensued, but police recovered a loaded handgun from the area where he had been sitting, after being tipped off to the weapon by another passenger. Woods will be sentenced on February 17.