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District of Minnesota

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Brooklyn Center Felon Pleads Guilty to Illegal Possession of a Firearm

ST. PAUL, Minn.– A Brooklyn Center man has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm, announced United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger. 

According to court documents, on January 17, 2021, Ezell Michael Tribett, 29, was riding in a vehicle that struck a parked car. Tribett admitted that, prior to the crash, he was in possession of a Glock, Model 23, GEN4, .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol that he gave to the driver of the car. After the crash, the driver exited his vehicle, walked behind a nearby parked car, and dropped the firearm in the snow. Officers with the Minneapolis Police Department stopped to investigate the crash and recovered the firearm from the snow. Because Tribett has prior felony convictions in Hennepin County, he is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.

Tribett pleaded guilty on September 21, 2022, before Judge Eric C. Tostrud to one count of possessing a firearm as a felon. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

This case was jointly investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Minneapolis Police Department, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David P. Steinkamp is prosecuting the case.

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Updated September 27, 2022