Career criminal pleads guilty to possessing gun and meth

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MINNEAPOLIS - A St. Paul man faces 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possessing a gun and methamphetamine as a repeat felon.

Christopher Lee Rousseau specifically pleaded guilty to one count of being an armed career criminal in possession of a firearm. Rousseau, who was indicted on January 15, 2013, entered his plea before United States District Court Judge Patrick J. Schiltz.

In his plea agreement Rousseau admitted that on December 3, 2012, he possessed a .22 caliber handgun, which was hidden along with several wrapped baggies of methamphetamine in the center console of the GMC Jimmy he was driving.

Rousseau was pulled over just after midnight at Highway 61 and Warner Road and arrested for driving after revocation. A subsequent search turned up the gun and drugs.

Rousseau also admitted that he intended to distribute the methamphetamine, and that he carried the revolver as part of his drug trafficking.

Because he has a previous felony conviction Rousseau is prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm or ammunition at any time. His prior convictions in Ramsey County include aiding and abetting second-degree burglary and fleeing police in a motor vehicle.

Previously Rousseau was convicted in Pine County for fleeing police in a motor vehicle and in Dakota County for third-degree burglary.

Because those convictions are considered crimes of violence, Rousseau is now subject to the federal Armed Career Criminal Act. That act mandates a minimum of 15 years in prison for anyone subsequently convicted in federal court for being a felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition.

He will be sentenced at a future date.

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