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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Minnesota
Andrew M. Luger, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Moorhead Felon Pleads Guilty to Illegal Possession of a Firearm

MINNEAPOLIS– A Moorhead man has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm, announced United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and court documents, on March 13, 2022, Martin Torres, Jr., 37, was arrested by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office after attempting to flee a traffic stop and resisting arrest. Following his arrest, officers conducted a search and found a loaded Hi-Point Model C-9, 9mm caliber pistol in Torres’s jacket. Because Torres has prior felony convictions in Clay County, Minnesota, Cass County, North Dakota, and U.S. District Court, he is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.

Torres pleaded guilty yesterday before Senior Judge Michael J. Davis to one count of possessing a firearm as a felon. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

This case was jointly investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Hillary A. Taylor is prosecuting the case.

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