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St. Paul felon sentenced for possessing a .357-revolver

January 3o, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court in St. Paul, a 29-year-old St. Paul felon was sentenced for possessing a .357-caliber revolver. United States District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson sentenced Richard Alonzo Woods to 77 months in prison on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Woods was indicted on May 15, 2012, and pleaded guilty on July 27, 2012.

In his plea agreement, Woods admitted that on November 16, 2011, he possessed the Smith & Wesson revolver. Because he is a felon, Woods is prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm at any time. His prior convictions – all in Ramsey County-- include third-degree sale of controlled substances (2002 and 2003), check forgery (2003), fifth-degree possession of controlled substances (2006), and possession of a firearm by an ineligible person (2006).

This case was the result of an investigation by the St. Paul Police Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Julie E. Allyn and Surya Saxena.

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