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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Minnesota

For Immediate Release

April 18, 2012

B. Todd Jones, United States Attorney

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

Redby Felon Indicted for Possessing a 12-Gauge Shotgun

MINNEAPOLIS – A federal indictment recently unsealed charges a 27-year-old Redby man with being a felon in possession of a 12-gauge, sawed-off shotgun. The indictment, which was filed on April 3, 2012, charges Timothy Clarence Stately with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession of an unregistered sawed-off shotgun. The indictment was unsealed on April 12, 2012, following Stately’s initial appearance in federal court.

The indictment alleges that between May 29 and 31, 2011, Stately possessed the gun, which had an obliterated serial number. Because he is a felon, Stately is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time. He was previously convicted of seconddegree assault with a dangerous weapon.

If convicted in the current federal case, Stately faces a potential maximum penalty of ten years in prison on each charge. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey S. Paulsen.

Note, this case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a comprehensive, strategic approach to reducing gun crime in America. PSN, launched by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2001, encourages cooperative, multi-jurisdictional law enforcement and crime prevention efforts.


An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been committed by a defendant. A defendant, of course, is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial