U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Minnesota
District of Minnesota
For Immediate Release
December 12, 2012
B. Todd Jones, United States Attorney
Contact: Jeanne F. Cooney, Director of Community Relations
Career Criminal Sentenced For Possessing a Firearm
MINNEAPOLIS – Yesterday in federal court, a 37-year-old felon was sentenced for possessing a .25-caliber pistol. United States District Judge David S. Doty sentenced Calvin Bankhead to 180 months in federal prison on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Bankhead, who was indicted on September 12, 2011, pleaded guilty on January 23, 2012.
In his plea agreement, Bankhead admitted that on April 2, 2011, he possessed the loaded pistol. Bankhead acknowledged that on April 2, 2011, he got in a fight with another person and left the scene, vowing to return with his gun and shoot up the place. Bankhead returned and banged on the windows. When the individuals involved in the fight answered the door, Bankhead discharged the pistol and fled. Bankhead admitted that the police seized several rounds of ammunition from the firearm.
Because he is a felon, Bankhead is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms at any time. Bankhead‘s prior Hennepin County convictions include first-degree possession of a controlled substance in 2002 and second-degree assault in 2006, as well as a second-degree assault conviction in Anoka County in 1996 and a juvenile conviction for armed robbery in 1990.
Since at least three of Bankhead‘s prior convictions constitute crimes of violence or serious drug offenses, sentencing in the current case was subject to the federal Armed Career Criminal Act. That act mandates a minimum of 15 years in prison for anyone convicted in federal court of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Hennepin County Sheriff‘s Office‘s Violent Offender Task Force, the Anoka County Sheriff‘s Office, the Anoka Police Department, the Columbia Heights Police Department, the Fridley Police Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey M. Bryan.