For Immediate Release
Burnsville Felon Sentenced to 70 Months in Prison for Illegal Possession of Firearms
ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Burnsville man was sentenced today to 70 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for possessing a firearm as a felon.
According to court documents, on July 13, 2019, officers with the Minneapolis Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in which Hashim Salah Haji, 25, was riding in the front passenger seat. When officers ordered Haji to step out of the vehicle, a stolen 9mm Springfield Armory model XD9 pistol fell out of the defendant’s shorts. Officers also found a 50-round large capacity magazine and a 9mm Intratec "Tec 9" model AB10 pistol inside a backpack that was on the floor of the front passenger seat between the defendant's legs. Haji has previous felony convictions in Dakota County, and therefore is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.
On September 1, 2020, Haji pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a firearm as a felon.
Acting U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk for the District of Minnesota made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright sentenced the defendant.
This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the Minneapolis Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Justin A. Wesley and David P. Steinkamp.