St. Paul Felon Sentenced For Possession Of A Firearm
MINNEAPOLIS — Yesterday in federal court, a 26-year-old felon from St. Paul was sentenced for possessing a nine-millimeter semi-automatic handgun. United States District Court Judge Patrick J. Schiltz sentenced Gary James Rolfer, Jr. to 63 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Rolfer was indicted on August 5, 2013, and pleaded guilty on October 3, 2013.
According to the plea agreement, while responding to a “shots fired” call near a St. Paul residence, police officers observed Rolfer riding in a vehicle and holding a handgun outside of the front passenger window. During a subsequent pursuit and traffic stop, officers found an unspent nine-millimeter round in the front passenger door, but did not find the handgun. After backtracking the route taken by the vehicle, the officers found the nine-millimeter Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun in a back yard. Subsequent investigation found that the firearm was stolen.
Because Rolfer is a convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm at any time. His felony records include a Ramsey County conviction for a controlled substance crime in 2005; a Hennepin County conviction for fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle in 2005; and a Ramsey County conviction for criminal damage to property in 2006.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Saint Paul Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Allen A. Slaughter.