PEORIA, Illinois – A Peoria, Illinois man, Don Young, Jr., 22, of the 2200 block of North Flora Ave., pleaded guilty on April 14, 2022 to possession of a loaded Glock Model 19 machine gun, 9mm caliber pistol equipped with a select-fire auto-sear that converts it into a fully automatic weapon. Young’s sentencing is scheduled for August 18, 2022 at the Peoria Federal Courthouse.
During the hearing, the government stated that on December 15, 2021, Young fled Peoria police officers who wanted to arrest him on several outstanding warrants. Young initially fled on a motorized bicycle, then threw off the bike and ran on foot through a residential area. Young was arrested and in its trajectory officers found a Glock Model 19 9mm pistol equipped with a weapon-mounted conversion device that allowed it to fire more than one round of ammunition with a single pull of the trigger. The weapon was chambered with a live cartridge and fitted with an extended, high-capacity magazine.
Young remains in the custody of the US Marshals Service pending sentencing.
Young faces statutory penalties of up to 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised imprisonment, and a fine of up to $250,000.
The investigation into the case was conducted by the Peoria Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant US Attorney Ronald L. Hanna is representing the government on the prosecution.
The case against Young was brought under the Justice Department’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative. The Department’s renewed commitment to the Safe Neighborhoods project establishes four core principles to guide efforts to reduce violent crime: 1) building trust and legitimacy within communities; 2) invest in community-based prevention and intervention programs; 3) targeted enforcement and prioritization to focus resources on identifying, investigating and prosecuting the top causes of gun violence and other violent crimes; and 4) measure results with the goal of reducing the level of violence in our communities and not increasing arrests and prosecutions, as if for ends in themselves.