Minnesota Man Pleads Guilty in Federal Court for Illegally Possessing a Shotgun

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A Minnesota man who possessed a 12-gauge shot gun while using marijuana and being a convicted felon, pled guilty on February 10, 2022, in federal court in Sioux City.  Michael Anthony Hangman, age 36, from Worthington, MN, was convicted of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

At the plea hearing, Hangman admitted to possessing a 12-gauge shotgun while being an unlawful user of marijuana and having prior felony convictions.  Hangman led law enforcement on a police chase beginning in Minnesota and ending in Iowa.  Hangman was traveling at speeds reaching 120 mph.  Hangman’s shotgun was modified or cut to approximately 19 inches and spray painted black. Officers recovered marijuana, a digital scale with meth residue on it, and baggies from Hangman’s car.  Hangman was prohibited from possessing firearms due to his drug use and prior felony convictions in the State of Minnesota for Terroristic Threats-Reckless Disregard, and Drugs-Storing Meth Paraphernalia in the Presence of Child or Vulnerable Adult.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Hangman remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Hangman faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ron Timmons and Mikala Steenholdt-Purdy and was investigated by Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Osceola County Attorney’s Office, Nobles County Sheriff’s Office (MN), Buffalo Police Department (MN), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms,

Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations Crime Laboratory, and Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. 

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 21-4003.

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