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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Minnesota

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For Immediate Release

August 28, 2013

John R. Marti, Acting United States Attorney

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

Delano Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Buffalo McDonald’s

MINNEAPOLIS — Yesterday in federal court, a 34–year–old Delano man pleaded guilty to committing the April 24, 2013, robbery of a McDonald's in Buffalo. On August 27, 2013, Matthew Dillon Sisneros pleaded guilty to one count of interference with commerce by robbery, pursuant to the Hobbs Act, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Sisneros, who was indicted on June 3, 2013, entered his plea before United States District Judge Ann D. Montgomery.

In his plea agreement, Sisneros admitted that on April 24, 2013, he took $3,266 from the restaurant and, with a firearm, threatened violence against the employees. Upon entering the restaurant, Sisneros admittedly pointed a sawed–off 12–gauge shotgun at employees and demanded money. After receiving the money, he ran to a waiting vehicle and left the area.

The Hobbs Act, passed by Congress in 1946, allows federal prosecutors to prosecute individuals who commit armed robberies of businesses engaged in interstate commerce.

For his crimes, Sisneros faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for robbery and a mandatory minimum penalty of ten years for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Judge Montgomery will determine his sentence at a future hearing, yet to be scheduled.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Buffalo Police Department, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with cooperation from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Julie E. Allyn and Laura M. Provinzino.

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