Minneapolis, MN (KROC-AM News)-A Minneapolis man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after he was caught with a firearm during an arrest related to a shooting investigation. 

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33-year-old Romelle Smith was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of felon in possession of a firearm as an Armed Career Criminal on August 24, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney for Minnesota Andrew Lugar. Minneapolis Police suspected Smith was involved in a shooting and arrested him during a traffic stop in July 2020. 

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Smith told officers he was armed and police recovered a Ruger LCP handgun with a Viridian laser attached. The news release also notes that Smith had an active warrant from the Minnesota Department of Corrections at the time of his apprehension.

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Court records indicate Smith has four felony convictions which prohibit him from possessing a firearm. Lugar says Smith’s criminal history, which also includes a misdemeanor domestic assault conviction, subjects him to enhanced sentencing under the Armed Career Criminal Act. 

Smith’s sentence was handed down on Wednesday. In addition to prison time, Smith was also sentenced to five years of supervised release.

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