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Case Number: 0:21-cr-00152-PAM-LIB
Court: United States District Court for the District of Minnesota (Ramsey County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: St. Paul, Minnesota criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with illegally possessing a firearm in his residence after a minor was shot and killed with his gun.
On March 21, 2021, Phillip Neal Jones, Jr., 34, possessed a Walther .40 caliber pistol in his Moorhead residence. While Jones was away from the residence, a visiting child found the loaded gun under a large snack chip box in the kitchen. The gun went off, hitting and killing a second child.
Jones has multiple prior felony convictions in Hennepin and Anoka Counties and therefore is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.
Jones was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Paul A. Magnuson.
This case is the result of investigations conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Moorhead Police Department.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Amber M. Brennan prosecuted the case.
Outcome: Custody of the BOP for 57 months; 3 years Supervised Release; $100 special assessment.