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Minnesota man who threatened to kill police and politicians pleads guilty to firearms charge

Charles Sauke, 22, pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered firearm in federal court.

An Owatonna man has pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered firearm after selling undercover agents an illegal shotgun.

Charles Sauke, 22, has pleaded guilty in federal court, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

Sauke also made several posts threatening to kill law enforcement officers and politicians on Snapchat.

According to the criminal complaint, the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Department received information that Sauke was selling narcotics and manufacturing firearms without a license in July of 2020.

Law enforcement began monitoring his Snapchat, where they found posts “consistent with manufacturing and dealing firearms without a license,” including a picture of a short-barreled shotgun.

And from Dec. 6 of last year to Jan. 12 of this year, Sauke made posts threatening to kill law enforcement officers and politicians, including one where he said, “We're all from the same cloth. Don't be showing out for any politicians we gotta murder every single one of them."

In another post, he wrote, "Extremist violence at the MN Capitol this weekend? Even if I only kill one cop that's more cops than antifa cop lovers have ever killed," according to charges. 

Sauke was arrested on Jan. 15 when two undercover agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives met with him to purchase a firearm.

Sauke showed the agents a short-barreled shotgun. 

The gun was later recovered and examined by law enforcement. Short-barreled shotguns need to be on the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, but the gun was not registered to Sauke. 

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