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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Minnesota

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

B. Todd Jones, United States Attorney

Contact: Jeanne F. Cooney, Director of Community Relations
(612) 664-5611

Golden Valley Felon Sentenced for Possessing Two Semi-Automatic Handguns

MINNEAPOLIS – Earlier today in federal court, a 40-year-old felon from Golden Valley was sentenced for possessing a .10-caliber, semi-automatic pistol and a nine-millimeter pistol. United States District Court Judge Patrick J. Schiltz sentenced Lashawn Kenyatta Nicks to 84 months in federal prison on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Nicks was indicted on November 2, 2010, and pleaded guilty on March 7, 2011.

In his plea agreement, Nicks admitted that on October 1, 2009, he possessed two pistols: the .10-caliber semi-automatic referenced above as well as a nine-millimeter. The guns were seized by police during the execution of a search warrant at the defendant's apartment. That search occurred in response to a tip.

Because he is a felon, Nicks is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms at any time. His prior felonies include convictions in Hennepin County for attempted aggravated robbery in 1994 and second-degree assault in 1999, as well as burglary in Illinois in 1991. This case was the result of an investigation by the Golden Valley Police Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie E. Allyn.

Note, this case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, an initiative launched by the U.S. Justice Department in 2001 to promote a multi-jurisdictional, comprehensive approach to reducing gun crime in America. PSN provides resources to strengthen law enforcement and crime prevention partnerships that are working to make our streets and communities safer.