St. Paul Felon Indicted For Possessing .38-caliber Pistol, Ammunition
MINNEAPOLIS—Recently in federal court, a 31-year-old St. Paul felon was indicted for possessing a .38-caliber, semi-automatic pistol. On July 16, 2012, Jose Antonio Caban was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Yesterday, Caban was arrested and made his initial appearance in federal court.
The indictment alleges that on June 6, 2012, Caban possessed a gun. Because he is a felon, Caban is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms at any time. He was previously convicted in Ramsey County in 2011 for terroristic threats.
If convicted, Caban faces a potential maximum penalty of ten years in prison. 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 Richard A. Newberry.
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.
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.