U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Minnesota
Connecticut Financial Center
157 Church Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06510
For Immediate Release
Novemeber 18, 2010
B. Todd Jones, United States Attorney
Contact: Jeanne F. Cooney
Director of Community Relations
Another career criminal indicted as part of Project Exile Minneapolis
A 30-year-old felon from Minneapolis was indicted today in federal court in Minneapolis for allegedly possessing a 12-gauge shotgun, a .44 caliber handgun, and ammunition on several occasions earlier this year. The indictment charges Adonis Adolph Dorman with three counts of being an armed career criminal in possession of a firearm and four counts of being an armed career criminal in possession of ammunition. Dorman is the latest defendant charged federally through Project Exile Minneapolis.
Project Exile Minneapolis is a law enforcement initiative, 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 U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives 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.
The indictment in this case alleges that Dorman possessed a 12-gauge shotgun on July 25 and August 6, 2010, as well as a .44 caliber handgun on August 6, 2010. It also alleges that on July 6, 2010, he possessed two rounds of 12-gauge ammunition, and on August 6, he possessed ten rounds of 12-gauge ammunition.
According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, police initially seized ammunition from Dorman during a traffic stop on July 6, 2010. Then, on August 6, the Hennepin County Violent Offender Task Force allegedly seized weapons and additional ammunition while executing a search warrant at his residence. Authorities also contend that Dorman actually threw the .44 caliber handgun out a window when police arrived at his home. Later, officers also
allegedly found deleted cell-phone photographs, date-stamped July 25, showing Dorman and United States Department of Justice United States Attorney’s Office District of Minnesota News Release B. Todd Jones, United States Attorney Jeanne F. Cooney Director of Community Relations (612) 664-5611 email: firstname.lastname@example.org another individual each holding 12-gauge shotguns.
Because he is a felon, Dorman is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time. Dorman’s prior convictions include burglary (1999), fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct (2002), fleeing police in a motor vehicle (2002), second-degree sale of a controlled substance (2009), and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle (2009). Since at least three of those offenses were crimes of violence or serious drug crimes, Dorman is now subject to the federal armed career criminal statute, which mandates a 15-year minimum prison sentence for each count presently levied against him, if convicted. The potential maximum sentence is life in prison on each count. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge. This case is the result of an investigation by the Hennepin County Violent Offender Task Force, the Minneapolis Police Department, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Violent Crime Impact Team. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Winter.
An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been committed by a defendant. A defendant, of course, is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial.