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Illinois judge admits to abusing heroin while carrying firearms

By Mason White 10:45 AM November 10, 2013
Judge Mike Cook 

By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) An Illinois judge has pleaded guilty to abusing heroin while carrying a firearm, according to court proceedings.

The former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Mike Cook, stood before a judge on Friday, and admitted he had used heroin while carrying his firearm.

“I knowingly and unlawfully possessed heroin,” Cook told the U.S. District Judge Joe McDade. The judge accepted his guilty plea.

Cook reached a plea bargain agreement with federal prosecutors. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of 18 months imprisonment.

Cook was told that the judge did not have to accept the terms of the agreement, and that the judge could impose a prison sentence that is longer or shorter than 18 months.

In addition to pleading guilty to drug and weapons charges, Cook agreed to surrender his weapons and ammunition. Cook owns 45 firearms including 16 rifles, 17 shotguns and 12 pistols. He also owns hundreds of rounds of ammunition, holsters and rifle and shotgun telescopic sights.