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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Minnesota

www.justice.gov/usao/mn

For Immediate Release

September 4, 2013

John R. Marti, Acting United States Attorney

Contact: Jeanne F. Cooney, Director of Community Relations
(612) 664-5611
jeanne.cooney@usdoj.gov

Felon Sentenced for Possessing a Nine–Millimeter Pistol

MINNEAPOLIS — Earlier today in federal court, a felon was sentenced for possessing a nine–millimeter, semi–automatic pistol. United States District Chief Judge Michael J. Davis sentenced Demetrius Demarco Spencer, age unknown, to 80 months in prison. He was indicted on November 14, 2012, and was convicted on January 16, 2013.

According to the indictment and the evidence presented at trial, Spencer possessed the gun on August 23, 2012. On that day, officers on routine patrol outside a Minneapolis nightclub saw Spencer standing in the parking lot. He reached into his pants and removed an "L–shaped" item covered with a white sock. He carried the item to a nearby car and placed it under the front seat. Officers later recovered the item–the nine–millimeter, semi–automatic pistol–from in the sock.

Because he is a felon, Spencer is prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm at any time. His prior Hennepin County convictions include possession of a pistol by a prohibited person (2003), assault in the third degree (2007), and aggravated robbery (2007). Spencer was also convicted in Ramsey County for possession of a pistol by a prohibited person (2000).

This case was the result of an investigation by the Minneapolis Police Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ("ATF"). It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Newberry.

The case was charged federally through Project Exile Minneapolis. That law enforcement initiative was launched on July 22, 2010, as part of a city–wide effort to reduce gun violence. Through Project Exile, the Minneapolis Police Department and the ATF work together to apprehend serial criminals for violations of gun laws. Then, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office teams up with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to determine where those offenders will most effectively be prosecuted – state or federal court. Those determinations are based on the offenders’ criminal histories and current charges, among other factors. To date, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has brought charges against more than two dozen serious habitual criminals through Project Exile Minneapolis.

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