Joseph Henry Baumer, 32, Foley, was charged in the Morrison County District Court with one felony count of possession of a pistol or assault weapon. He had previously been convicted of, or had been an adjudicated delinquent for, committing a crime of violence while possessing a firearm.
On May 3, the Morrison County Sheriff’s office and other law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant for a residence on 330th Avenue.
Inside the residence, the officers allegedly located a .22 caliber long gun believed to belong to Baumer. The gun was seized as evidence.
The officers took a taped statement from another resident of the house who said the gun belonged to Baumer. The resident allegedly told Baumer to get rid of it and told officers that Baumer had used it a week and a half earlier.
Baumer was later located and placed under arrest. According to the criminal report, he told officers the gun belonged to his son.
An examination of Baumer’s criminal history showed he has multiple prior convictions for third degree burglary, making him ineligible to possess any type of firearm.
If convicted, Baumer faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and/or a $30,000 fine.