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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Minnesota

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

B. Todd Jones, United States Attorney

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

St. Cloud Felon Sentenced for Possessing a .38–Caliber Handgun

MINNEAPOLIS — Earlier today in federal court, a 30–year–old St. Cloud felon was sentenced for possessing a .38–caliber handgun. United States District Court Judge Ann D. Montgomery sentenced Aaron Dante Moreno to 180 months in prison on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Moreno was indicted on May 18, 2011, and pleaded guilty on August 9, 2011. In his plea agreement, Moreno admitted that on October 4, 2010, he possessed the pistol and brandished it in order to gain entry to a St. Cloud residence.

Because he is a felon, Moreno is prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm at any time. Moreover, since he has been convicted of three or more separate violent felonies, Moreno was prosecuted as an armed career criminal. Moreno’s prior felonies convictions include terroristic threats in Benton County (2005 and 2009) and third–degree burglary in Benton County (2006); third–degree assault in Dakota County (2009); and second–degree burglary in Pine County (2001).

This case was the result of an investigation by the St. Cloud Police Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin S. Ueland.

Note, this case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), 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.