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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Minnesota

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

B. Todd Jones, United States Attorney

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

Armed Career Criminal Indicted for Possessing a Firearm

MINNEAPOLIS – Yesterday in federal court, a 22-year-old armed career criminal was indicted for possessing a nine-millimeter pistol. The indictment charges Corey James Benjamin, no known address, with one count of possession of a firearm by an armed career criminal.

The indictment alleges that on or about July 24, 2011, Benjamin possessed the gun while on the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation. Because he is a felon, Benjamin is prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm at any time. His prior Mille Lacs County convictions include third-degree burglary (2009), second-degree assault (2005), and fifth-degree felony assault (2008). Since all of these past felony convictions were for crimes of violence, sentencing in the current federal case is subject to the Armed Career Criminal Act, which mandates a minimum of 15 years in federal prison if convicted.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Mille Lacs Tribal Police Department and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Winter.