Minneapolis Felon Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of a Firearm

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MINNEAPOLIS – A Minneapolis man has been sentenced to 108 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition as a felon. Acting U.S. Attorney Charles J. Kovats made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright sentenced the defendant.

According to court documents, on May 21, 2020, law enforcement arrested Deshawn Tyrone Braziel, 37, who had an outstanding warrant and was suspected in connection with a shooting that occurred in Minneapolis on April 16, 2020. At the time of his arrest, Braziel was wearing a backpack containing a loaded Springfield XD 9mm pistol, 94 ecstasy pills, and a digital scale. Because Braziel has prior felony convictions in Hennepin County, including convictions of drive-by shooting, drug possession, and terroristic threats, he is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.

This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Minneapolis Police Department.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Allison K. Ethen prosecuted the case.