Champlin felon sentenced for possessing firearms

Felon Deandre Franklin, 21, of Champlin was sentenced March 20 for possessing a nine-millimeter pistol and a .44-caliber revolver. United States District Court Chief Judge Michael J. Davis sentenced Franklin to 60 months in federal prison on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Franklin was indicted on July 23, 2012, and pleaded guilty on Nov.13, 2012.

In his plea agreement, Franklin admitted that on Jan. 2, 2012, he traveled with two women to Bill’s Gun Shop in Robbinsdale. The women purchased .44-caliber ammunition, nine-millimeter ammunition, and ammunition magazines. Minneapolis police later stopped their car in north Minneapolis and found two firearms in the vehicle, a Glock, nine-millimeter pistol and a Charter Arms, .44-caliber revolver. One of the guns was found on Franklin and the other was discovered under his seat.

Because he is a felon, Franklin is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms at any time. He was previously convicted of second-degree drug possession in Hennepin County in 2011.