A 34-year-old Delano man, Matthew Dillon Sisneros, is under federal indictment in connection with the April 24 robbery of a McDonald’s restaurant in Buffalo, according to an announcement from the office of United States Attorney B. Todd Jones.
The indictment was unsealed on June 5 following the initial appearance of Sisneros in federal court.
When a defendant is under indictment this means that a grand jury has determined that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been committed by a defendant. He or she is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial.
Sisneros was charged with one count of interference with commerce by robbery, pursuant to the Hobbs Act, one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession of an unregistered firearm.
The indictment alleges that on April 24, Sisneros took an undisclosed amount of money from McDonald’s and threatened violence against employees with a firearm. It also alleges that on April 24 he possessed a 12-gauge, semi-automatic, sawed-off shotgun with an obliterated serial number. The shotgun, which had a barrel length of fewer than 18 inches and an overall length of fewer than 26 inches, was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, as required by law.
Because he is a felon, Sisneros, also known as Matthew Dylan Sisneros, is prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm or ammunition at any time, said U.S. Attorney Jones. He was convicted previously in Hennepin County for aggravated robbery (2000) and offering a forged check (2001).
The Hobbs Act, passed by Congress in 1946, allows federal prosecutors to prosecute individuals who commit armed robberies of businesses engaged in interstate commerce.
If convicted, Sisneros faces a potential maximum penalty of 10 years for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and a potential maximum penalty of 10 years on each of the other two counts. A federal district court judge would determine any sentence.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Buffalo Police Department, Wright County Sheriff’s Office and United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with cooperation from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Prosecutors are Assistant U.S. Attorneys Julie E. Allyn and Laura M. Provinzino.