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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Felon Pleads Guilty To Possessing A Firearm

MINNEAPOLIS— Recently in federal court, a 36-year-old felon pleaded guilty to
possessing a .25-caliber pistol. On January 23, 2012, Calvin Bankhead, no known address,
pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Bankhead, who was
indicted on September 12, 2011, entered his plea before United States District Court Judge
David S. Doty.

In his plea agreement, Bankhead admitted that on April 2, 2011, he possessed the loaded
pistol. In addition, Bankhead admitted that police also seized several rounds of ammunition
from the firearm. Because he is a felon, Bankhead is prohibited under federal law from
possessing firearms at any time. Bankhead’s prior Hennepin County convictions include firstdegree
possession of a controlled substance in 2002 and second-degree assault in 2006, as well
as a second-degree assault conviction in Anoka County in 1996.

For his crime, Bankhead faces a potential maximum penalty of ten years in prison. Judge
Doty will determine his sentence at a future hearing. This case is the result of an investigation
by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office’s Violent Offender Task Force, the Anoka County
Sheriff’s Office, the Anoka Police Department, the Columbia Heights Police Department, the
Fridley Police Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the U.S.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S.
Attorney Jeffrey M. Bryan.

Note, this case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (“PSN”), an initiative launched by the
U.S. Justice Department in 2001 to promote a multi-jurisdictional, comprehensive approach to
reducing gun crime in America. PSN provides resources to strengthen law enforcement and
crime prevention partnerships that work to make our communities safer.



Updated April 30, 2015