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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, April 17, 2024

St. Paul Felon Sentenced to Prison for Illegal Possession of Ammunition

MINNEAPOLIS – A St. Paul felon has been sentenced to 74 months in prison for illegally possessing ammunition, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, on August 28, 2022, Bloomington police officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Damien Kent Hallmon, 40, for multiple traffic violations and noticed several indicators of marijuana use. The occupants of the vehicle were asked to step out of the vehicle so it could be searched, and officers found a 9mm firearm with a loaded magazine and no serial number in Hallmon’s fiancé’s purse.  

Because Hallmon has prior felony convictions, he is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time. The firearm seized in this case, a Polymer 80, is commonly referred to as a “ghost gun” or a “privately made firearm” (PMF).

Hallmon was convicted by a federal jury on November 3, 2023, on one count of possessing ammunition as a felon. He was sentenced yesterday by Judge Kate M. Menendez in U.S. District Court.  

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bloomington Police Department, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Lab, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mary S. Riverso, Ruth S. Shnider, and Laura M. Provinzino prosecuted the case.

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