News and Press Releases

News and Press Releases

Minneapolis man indicted for lying and buying firearms

April 25, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS—A federal indictment unsealed yesterday charges a 31-year-old
Minneapolis man with providing false information on applications required for purchasing
firearms. The indictment, which was filed on April 17, 2012, charges Ryan Thomas Sandoval
with seven counts of making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm. The indictment
was unsealed following Sandoval’s initial appearance in federal court.

The indictment alleges that on seven occasions between May 5 and August 8, 2011,
Sandoval made a false and fictitious written statement to a licensed dealer when purchasing a
firearm. Sandoval was allegedly buying the guns for other people but stated they were for him.
The weapons purchased included four nine-millimeter pistols and three Glock .40-caliber

If convicted, Sandoval faces a potential maximum penalty of ten years in prison on each of
the seven counts. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.

This case is the result of an investigation by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives and law enforcement officers from the Minneapolis Police
Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen A. Slaughter.

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.

Return to Top















Return to Top

harvest picture

Read about Tribal Justice

Project Safe Neighborhoods

Our nationwide commitment to reducing gun crime in America.


Project Exile: Joint effort to reduce gun violence in Minneapolis.


Help us combat the proliferation of sexual exploitation crimes against children.


Ways you can help children cope with the impact of exposure to violence.

Stay Connected: Visit us on Facebook or Twitter

Facebook Twitter
USAO Homepage
USAO Briefing Room
Justice 101