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Ponemah man sentenced to 8 years in prison for illegal possession of firearm

ST. PAUL—A Ponemah man was sentenced to just over eight years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm, U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald announced Thursday afternoon.

Authorities said Randall Dean Jones, 28, admitted to possessing an unregistered, modified shotgun after he was detained Aug. 1 in Thief River Falls.

According to court documents, officers responded to a reported fight at an apartment complex, where they said they found Jones "yelling and banging" on an apartment door. They found a 20-gauge shotgun with a "shortened" barrel in the apartment hallway beneath a sweatshirt, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Jones reportedly has two prior felony convictions that prohibit him from possessing firearms. Jones was sentenced to 100 months in prison, as well as three years supervised release.

Assistant United States Attorney Deidre Aanstad prosecuted the case.