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Madras man gets federal prison for gun possession


A 28-year-old Madras man has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for unlawful possession of a gun, 16 months after his arrest at a Springfield deli, federal officials said.

Troy Joseph Minson, Jr.,was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken on Tuesday to 57 months in federal prison for unlawful possession of a firearm.

Minson, a convicted felon with outstanding arrest warrants, will be on supervised release for three years following his prison sentence, prosecutors said.

On August 3, 2014, the Springfield Police Department received a call that a man was at a local deli with a gun. Officers responded and attempted to take Minson into custody when he pulled away from them, jumped over a counter and dropped a loaded .22 caliber Beretta pistol onto the ground, prosecutors said.

A struggle ensued when Minson resisted arrest, but he was eventually apprehended and taken into custody.

Minson has prior felony convictions for first-degree burglary, methamphetamine delivery and eluding police.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Springfield Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathan Lichvarcik, with the assistance of Jefferson County District Attorney Steven Leriche.

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