Target practice may result in 15 years in prison

Charles Leroy Allen, 31, St. Francis, was charged March 22, with one felony count of possessing a pistol or assault weapon after being convicted of a crime of violence by Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf and his staff.

The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a report Feb. 18, 2012, of a person discharging a firearm in Scandia Valley Township. Deputies made contact with Allen who allegedly said he was doing some shooting and showed the officers a Jennings Model J2222LR caliber semi-automatic pistol.

According to the criminal complaint, Allen said he shot two magazines of bullets at liquor bottles and beer cans. An investigation of the area showed damage to a road sign which Allen said may have happened when he shot toward the railroad tracks.

On the road, officers found 58 spent .22 rifle casings and large amounts of broken glass from the liquor bottles. Also found were empty beer cans with bullet holes.

A portable breathalyzer test came back at 0.093 blood alcohol content.

An examination of Allen’s criminal history showed he had been previously convicted of a third degree controlled substance crime in Sherburne County in August 2004. Since this is considered a crime of violence, the person convicted is unable to use or possess a firearm.

If convicted, Allen faces a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment and/or a $30,000 fine.