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St. Paul felon indicted for possessing a .22-caliber gun in a school zone

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2012


MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier this week, a St. Paul felon was indicted in federal court for
allegedly possessing a .22-caliber handgun while on the campus of Metropolitan State
University. On April 3, 2012, Demonte Johntrell Latimore, age 25, was charged with one count
of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of possession of a firearm in a
school zone.

Latimore’s criminal history includes the following convictions in Ramsey County: burglary
(2006, 2008 and 2009), fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle (2007), and theft of a motor
vehicle (May of 2011). In addition, Latimore was convicted in Dakota County for theft of a
motor vehicle (August of 2011). Because he is a felon, Latimore is prohibited under federal law
from possessing a firearm at any time.

Since all of these past felony convictions were for crimes of violence, sentencing in the
current federal case is subject to the Armed Career Criminal Act, which mandates a minimum
of 15 years in federal prison if convicted. The maximum sentence on that charge is life in
prison. Latimore faces an additional consecutive five-year sentence if he is convicted of
possessing the firearm on school property. 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 Clifford B. Wardlaw.

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.

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