Felon Pleads Guilty to Possession of an Unregistered Firearm

A Cass County man has entered a plea to illegal possession of a short-barreled shotgun.

According to court documents, 44-year-old John Jarrod Jones illegally possessed a 12-gauge short-barreled shotgun on July 8, 2021. U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger says Jones took the firearm into a restroom at the Cedar Lakes Casino and Hotel on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation and hid it behind a garbage can along with a plastic bag containing shotgun shells and a knife. Jones left the restroom and was later arrested in the Casino on unrelated charges.

Jones has several prior felony convictions in Hennepin and Cass County. He is prohibited from lawfully possessing any firearms or ammunition. Jones pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court before Senior Judge Eric C. Tostrud to one count of possession of an unregistered firearm.

A sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.


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