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'Career criminal' who fired shots at house gets more than 17 years in prison

The 30-year-old has an extensive criminal history.

A man described by the Department of Justice as a "career criminal" has been sentenced to 17-and-a-half years in prison for an incident in St. Paul that saw him fire a series of shots at a house.

Curtis AJ Harrell, 30, was sentenced on Tuesday to 210 months for illegally possessing a firearm following a federal prosecution relating to the shooting on Jan. 16, 2019, near Charles Avenue.

Four gunshots were fired at the house that had two adults and a two-year-old child inside at the time, with the bullets striking the walls and windows, according to the DOJ.

Authorities recovered four 9mm shell casings from the scene, and the following day found the Buick Lucerne that was at the scene of the shooting – a vehicle registered to Harrell.

A search of Harrell's apartment and vehicle uncovered a loaded Glock 26 9mm with a 17-round extended magazine in the vehicle, and a 50-round 9mm drum magazine and live 9mm ammo in the apartment.

Ballistics tests from the Glock and cartridge casing linked the shell casings from the scene to Harrell's gun, as well as three other shooting incidents, two of which had happened within the past month.

Harrell was banned from possessing a firearm or ammunition due to multiple prior felony convictions.

In a statement, Acting Minnesota U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk said: "This individual has a long history of carrying guns and committing violent felonies. Thanks to the hard work of investigators and the use of NIBIN technology, this armed career criminal is off the streets."

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