No. 89-3648.

932 F.2d 1205 (1991)

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Dale D. DECOTEAU, Defendant-Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided May 28, 1991.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Byron G. Cudmore and Rodger A. Heaton, Asst. U.S. Attys., Office of the U.S. Atty., Springfield, Ill., for plaintiff-appellee.

Stanley N. Wasser, Feldman & Wasser, Springfield, Ill., for defendant-appellant.

Before FLAUM, EASTERBROOK and KANNE, Circuit Judges.

KANNE, Circuit Judge.

The events which gave rise to Dale Decoteau's twenty-year sentence for firearm possession took place in Meredosia, a village of some 1200 inhabitants in downstate Illinois. While riding as a passenger with Decoteau, a woman observed a sawed-off shotgun slide out from under the seat of the car. Decoteau told her that the gun was to be used to "off" any police officers who might happen to pull him over...

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