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Grand jury returns indictments against Minnesota residents


This news story was published on January 21, 2014.
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MINNEAPOLIS – A federal grand jury in the District of Minnesota, sitting in Minneapolis, recently returned the following indictments. You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation, and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Any sentence is determined by a federal district judge.

Brooklyn Park Man Charged with Bank Robbery

Tearise Breon Baugh, age 23, of Brooklyn Park, was charged with one count of armed bank robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

If convicted, Baugh faces a potential maximum penalty of 25 years in prison on the bank robbery count and a mandatory consecutive penalty of seven years on the brandishing count. This case is the result of an investigation by the Blaine Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew Dunne and Manda M. Sertich.

Three Men Charged with Conspiring to Possess with Intent to Distribute More Than Five Kilograms of Methamphetamine

Jorge Urbina Murguia, age 51, Heriberto Plancarte-Barrigan, age 19, and Gilberto Hernandez-Betancourt, age 22, were each charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. In addition, Plancarte-Barrigan and Hernandez-Betancourt were each charged with one count of attempted possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

If convicted, the defendants each face a potential maximum penalty of life in prison. This case is the result of an investigation by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

St. Paul Man Charged with Possessing a Molotov Cocktail

Michael John Walker, age 45, of St. Paul, was charged with one count of possession of an unregistered firearm or destructive device.

If convicted, Walker faces a potential maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. This case is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Minneapolis Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amber M. Brennan.

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