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Ponemah Man Sentenced To 100 Months In Prison For Possessing A Sawed-Off Shotgun

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced the sentencing of RANDALL DEAN JONES, 28, to 100 months in prison for illegally possessing a sawed-off shotgun. JONES, who pleaded guilty on December 20, 2018, to one count of possession of an unregistered firearm, was sentenced today before Judge Eric C. Tostrud in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, on August 1, 2018, law enforcement officers were dispatched to an apartment complex located in Thief River Falls, following a report of a fight. When officers arrived, JONES was yelling and banging on an apartment door. After detaining JONES, officers located an Iver Johnson Arms and Cycle Works, Excel model, 20-gauge shotgun with a shortened barrel in the apartment hallway beneath a sweatshirt on the floor. JONES admitted to possessing the unregistered, modified shotgun. JONES has two prior felony convictions, including aggravated assault in Cass County, North Dakota and assault with a dangerous weapon in U.S. District Court in the District of Minnesota, which prohibit him from possessing firearms.

This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Thief River Falls Police Department, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Red Lake Police Department.

Assistant United States Attorney Deidre Y. Aanstad prosecuted the case.


Defendant Information:                                                                                                                     


Ponemah, Minn.


  • Possession of an unregistered firearm, 1 count


  • 100 months in prison
  • Three years of supervised release




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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600


Updated April 25, 2019

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