EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) – A former assistant police chief in southwestern Illinois faces up five years in federal prison for lying to investigators about selling a gun to a registered sex offender.

Former Centreville Assistant Police Chief Corey Allen pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of making false statements to federal law enforcers. Sentencing will be Aug. 30.

Authorities allege 31-year-old Allen sold the firearm for $100 last May. But they say he told federal agents he never made the transaction and was unaware how the felon got the gun.

Allen said he got the gun while working as a police officer and kept and sold it.

Southern Illinois’ U.S. attorney, Stephen Wiggington, says Allen “threw away his career, tarnished the badge and endangered his community for a few dollars.”

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