Mario J. Rainone, 58, from Addison, Illinois, was convicted and found guilty by a federal jury of being a felon in possession of a firearm following a two-day trial in front of U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber. Rainone’s record shows him as an armed career criminal under federal law, the offense carries a mandatory minimum of 15 years and a maximum of life in prison. Rainone also faces a maximum fine of $250,000.
Rainone was arrested by Addison police on state charges on February 12, 2009. A state search warrant was executed the next day at an apartment where Rainone was staying in the 1200 block of West Lake Street in the western suburb. A Smith & Wesson Model 19-3 .357 caliber revolver, along with personal papers and other belongings, were found in the nightstand in the bedroom used by Rainone, resulting in the federal firearms charge. The gun was stolen in October 2008, according to the original owner, who testified at trial.
A stipulation was entered at the trial that Rainone has a prior felony conviction. Federal law prohibits a convicted felon from possessing any firearm affecting interstate commerce.