Gun charges filed in multiple cases

EDWARDSVILLE – The Madison County State Attorney’s Office recently filed multiple cases of gun-related crimes.

Anthony D. Sims, 41, of Madison, was charged on September 27 with a felon of gun possession, a serious class 2 felony.

The case was presented by the East Alton Police Department.

According to court records, Sims was said to have been in possession of brass knuckles on September 25th. He was found to have had a criminal record of robbery in Madison County in 2018, making him ineligible for gun possession. Brass knuckles are also banned in Illinois. The bail was set at $ 50,000.

Other recent gun-related criminal charges include:

• James L. Lemmons, 42, of St. Louis, was charged on September 24 of illicit gun possession by a felon and possession of methamphetamine, both class 3 crimes. The case was presented by the Collinsville Police Department. On September 24, Lemmons was reportedly found to be in possession of less than five grams of methamphetamine and a Glock 27 pistol. He was found to have a 1998 criminal record for theft of a St. Louis City motor vehicle, making him ineligible for gun possession. The bail was set at $ 30,000.

• Samantha M. Basham, 30, of Wood River, was charged on September 23 of a felon’s illegal use of weapons and possession of methamphetamine, both class 3 crimes. The case was presented by the East Alton Police Department. On July 8, Basham was found to be in possession of an electric bat and less than five grams of methamphetamine. She was convicted in Madison County in 2018 of illegally possessing methamphetamine, which prevents her from possessing weapons. The bail was set at $ 20,000.

• Anthony Young, 19, of St. Louis, was charged with grave gun use, a class 4 crime, on September 27th. The case was presented by the Illinois State Police. On Sept. 26, Young allegedly carried a loaded and accessible Glock 17 pistol in a motor vehicle without a gun owner’s ID or concealed carry. The bail was set at $ 50,000.

• Ronnell W. Byrd, 21, of St. Louis, was charged with Serious Gun Use, a Class 4 crime, on September 27. The case was presented by the Illinois State Police. On September 26, Byrd allegedly found a loaded and accessible SCCY model CPX-2 pistol in a motor vehicle without a gun owner’s ID or concealed permit to carry it. The bail was set at $ 50,000.

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