Minnesota man charged with illegal possession of handgun
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KTIV) - United States Attorney Matt M. Dummermuth announced today that Todd Penticoff, age 36, of Burnsville, Minnesota, has been charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charge is contained in an Indictment filed on December 17, 2008, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.
The Indictment alleges that, on or about June 20, 2008, Penticoff possessed a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol after a prior conviction in Minnesota for a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree - Cocaine offense.
If convicted, Penticoff faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.
Penticoff appeared yesterday in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was released on bond. Penticoff's trial is set for February 23, 2009.
As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bob Teig as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a cooperative local, state, and federal program aimed at the enhanced prosecution of gun crimes. The case was investigated by the Linn County Sheriff's Office.