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Felon Who Shot a Gun He Illegally Possessed Sentenced to Over Five Years in Federal Prison

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

A convicted felon who illegally possessed a firearm was sentenced on April 29, 2019, to more than five years in federal prison.

Dondre Minor, age 23, from Chicago, Illinois, received the prison term after a November 20, 2019 guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

Evidence during the case established that Minor illegally possessed an AR556 .223 caliber semi-automatic firearm on February 21, 2018.  Minor and two other individuals took various guns outside of Dubuque and fired multiple rounds from the guns while filming a video. Minor possessed the firearm after being convicted of criminal gang participation, a felony offense. 

Minor was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Minor was sentenced to 70 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Minor is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa C. Williams and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Dubuque Police Department. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 18-CR-1042.

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Updated April 30, 2019

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