St. Paul Felon Indicted For Possessing .22-caliber Revolver, Ammunition, Methamphetamine
MINNEAPOLIS—Recently in federal court, a 25-year-old St. Paul felon was indicted for possessing a .22-caliber revolver, ammunition, and methamphetamine. On January 15, 2013, Christopher Lee Rousseau was charged with one count of being an armed career criminal in possession of a firearm, one count of being an armed career criminal in possession of ammunition, one count of carrying a firearm in relation to a drug-trafficking crime, and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
The indictment alleges that on December 3, 2012, Rousseau possessed the revolver, two rounds of .22-caliber ammunition, and methamphetamine. Because he is a felon, Rousseau is prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm or ammunition at any time. His prior convictions in Ramsey County include aiding and abetting second-degree burglary (2010) and fleeing police in a motor vehicle (2011). In addition, Rousseau was convicted in Pine County for fleeing police in a motor vehicle in 2007 and, in Dakota County, for third-degree burglary in 2010. Because these convictions constituted crimes of violence, Rousseau is subject to the federal Armed Career Criminal Act. That act mandates a minimum of 15 years in prison for anyone subsequently convicted in federal court for being a felon in possession of a firearm and/or ammunition.
According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the current case, at approximately 12:30 a.m. on December 3, 2012, officers stopped Rousseau on a traffic violation near the intersection of U.S. Highway 61 and Warner Road. He was arrested for driving after cancellation of license. During a search of Rousseau’s person, police found the ammunition and $385. A search of the vehicle led to the recovery of the gun and the methamphetamine.
If convicted, Rousseau faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on the methamphetamine possession count, and a mandatory minimum penalty of five years on the carrying a firearm count, as well as the 15-year mandatory minimum penalty on each of the two armed career criminal counts. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.
This case is the result of an investigation by the St. Paul Police Department and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lola Velazquez-Aguilu.
An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been committed by a defendant. A defendant, of course, is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial.