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Illinois man pleads guilty to weapons possession

Illinois man pleads guilty to weapons possession

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A Fulton, Illinois, felon faces up to 10 years in prison after admitting that he was in possession of a number of guns — some stolen and some modified — on him and in his vehicle in Clinton in March.

Robert Lee Poore pleaded guilty to receiving and possessing machine guns and silencers during a plea hearing Friday in in U.S. District Court, Davenport.

In exchange for his plea, federal prosecutors will dismiss an additional charge of felon in possession of a firearm, according to a written plea agreement filed Friday.

Poore will be sentenced Dec. 19.

At 9:40 p.m. March 26, Clinton police found Poore sleeping in a vehicle left running in the parking lot of Subway, 807 N. 2nd St., according to court records.

An officer saw Poore slumped over in the vehicle before and after the officer went into the restaurant. Poore appeared to be breathing and asleep.

When Poore stepped out of the vehicle, another officer saw a hammer protruding from his right rear pocket and a large flashlight protruding from his left rear pocket.

He appeared agitated when ordered to get out of the vehicle and told officers he was armed.

According to the plea agreement, Poore had on him two functional loaded machine guns, one with a Polimer PFC 940C frame and a Glock Model 23 .40-caliber slide attached and the other a Polimer PFC 940C frame and a Glock Model 19 9mm slide attached.

Both guns had extended magazines that were capable of accepting more than 15 rounds of ammunition.

Clinton police obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and found eight more firearms, two of which had functional silencers attached.

Two of the firearms, a Remington Model 600 .308-caliber rifle and a Savage Arms 30-06-caliber rifle, were reported stolen.

Neither the machine guns nor the silencers were registered to Poore in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

Poore has a prior conviction for attempted armed robbery in McClean County, Illinois, and is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm or ammunition, according to the plea agreement.

He was initially faced multiple charges in Clinton County; the case was dismissed in April after he was charged in federal court

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