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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Minnesota

For Immediate Release

Friday, January 7, 2011

B. Todd Jones, United States Attorney

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

Felon sentenced for possessing a .357 caliber revolver

A 34-year-old felon was sentenced earlier today in federal court in St. Paul for possessing a .357 caliber revolver in July of 2009. United States District Court Judge Richard H. Kyle sentenced Lyons Lonnie Bynum to 120 months in prison on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Bynum was indicted on December 2, 2009, and was convicted by a jury on April 14, 2010.

According to evidence presented at trial, Bynum possessed a Colt .357 caliber revolver on July 23, 2009. Because he is a felon, Bynum is prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm at any time. Bynum’s prior felonies include convictions in Benton and Stearns counties for first-degree burglary (1999), fourth-degree sale of a controlled substance (2002) and thirddegree sale of a controlled substance (2003).

This case was the result of an investigation by the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, the Central Minnesota Drug and Gang Task Force, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Erika R. Mozangue.

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.