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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Minnesota

For Immediate Release

Friday, December 3, 2010

B. Todd Jones, United States Attorney

Contact: Jeanne F. Cooney, Director of Community Relations
(612) 664-5611

Federal Jury Convicts Armed Career Criminal for Possessing a .22 Caliber Revolver

Yesterday in St. Paul a federal jury convicted a 43-year-old armed career criminal for
possessing a .22 caliber Rohm revolver. Following a three-day trial, Michael James Constantine,
of St. Paul, was found guilty on one count of being an armed career criminal in possession of a
firearm. Constantine was indicted on June 8, 2010.

According to evidence presented at trial, Constantine possessed the handgun on November
18, 2008. Because he is a felon, Constantine is prohibited under federal law from possessing a
firearm at any time. He was charged as an armed career criminal because he has been convicted
of three of more separate violent felonies. His prior felonies include three convictions in Ramsey
County for third-degree attempted burglary (1987, 1989, and 1991) and a third-degree burglary
conviction in Dakota County in 1989.

For the present federal conviction, Constantine faces a potential mandatory minimum
penalty of 15 years in federal prison. United States District Court Judge Donovan W. Frank will
determine Constantine's sentence at a future hearing, yet to be scheduled.
This case is the result of an investigation by the St. Paul Police Department and the U.S.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S.
Attorney Allen A. Slaughter.

Note, this case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, an initiative launched by the U.S.
Justice Department in 2001 to promote a multi-jurisdictional, comprehensive approach to
reducing gun crime in America. PSN provides resources to strengthen law enforcement and
crime prevention partnerships that are working to make our streets and communities safer..