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Felon pleads guilty to illegally possessing gun during 2-hour police standoff

He was arrested following a standoff with police in Duluth last October.

A 40-year-old Duluth man has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm as a felon. 

Jesse William Peterson, 40, admitted on Tuesday to possessing a .38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver with an obliterated serial number, the U.S. Attorney's Office says.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Duluth Police Department on Oct. 25, 2020, attempted to arrest Peterson on an outstanding warrant, but he refused to leave the home and comply with officers' attempts to arrest him.

A stand-off ensued and after two hours, Peterson was taken into custody.

Peterson had been in the bathroom of the home, which is where police found a loaded gun. Peterson's DNA was on the gun. 

Near the gun, police found 13.76 grams of methamphetamine, 11.13 grams of cocaine, 38 doses of LSD, $5,826 in cash, and 11 live rounds of .38-caliber ammunition.

Peterson has prior felony convictions in St. Louis County, so he's prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time. 

A sentencing date hasn't been released.

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