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Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Firearms Charge

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

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of LORENZO EUGENE HEARD JR., 38, to one count of felon in possession of a firearm. HEARD entered his guilty plea on September 19, 2019, before Judge David S. Doty, in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, on May 1, 2018, while driving in Rochester, HEARD crashed his vehicle and fled the scene, leaving a loaded Cobra semiautomatic .380 caliber pistol in the vehicle. HEARD has been previously convicted of multiple violent offenses, including armed robbery, assault and drug charges, which prohibit him, under federal law, from owning or possessing a firearm.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Rochester Police Department and the ATF.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), an initiative that brings together federal, state, and local law enforcement to combat violent crime.

Assistant United States Attorney Bradley M. Endicott is prosecuting the case. 

Defendant Information:


Rochester, Minn.


  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm, 1 count


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




Updated September 20, 2019

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