St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Minneapolis man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for possessing a stolen firearm.

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Prosecutors said Minneapolis police officers responded to a shots fired call in June 2021 and witnessed a man, identified as 31-year-old Brandon Coyour of Minneapolis, fleeing the scene. As he ran, Coyour pulled a gun from his waistband and hid it in the wheel well of a parked car, where officers recovered it. Officers then arrested Coyour a few blocks from the scene.

The gun recovered had been reported stolen one month prior by its owner in Menominee, Wisconsin.

Coyour is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.

The Minneapolis man pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a stolen firearm in April. Coyour was sentenced to seven years followed by two years of supervised release Wednesday.

In handing down the sentence, Senior Judge Paul Magnuson emphasized that convicted felons “will pay a very steep penalty” for possessing firearms.

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