Ex-police official gets 2 years prison for lying

EAST ST. LOUIS — A former assistant police chief in southwestern Illinois has been ordered to spend two years in federal prison for lying to investigators about selling a gun to a registered sex offender.

Former Centreville Assistant Police Chief Corey Allen was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis. That's where he pleaded guilty in April to a charge of making false statements to federal law enforcers.

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

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