MINNEAPOLIS—Recently in federal court, a 37-year-old Duluth felon was sentenced for possessing a nine-millimeter pistol and a .357-caliber revolver. On June 10, 2014, United States District Court Judge Paul A. Magnuson sentenced Ronald Paris Riles to 120 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.
According to the indictment and the evidence presented at the trial, Riles possessed the two firearms on February 6, 2013. Because he is a felon, Riles is prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm at any time. He was previously convicted in Illinois for first-degree murder (1993) as well as manufacturing and delivering cannabis (2007).
This case was the result of an investigation by the Duluth Police Department and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas M. Hollenhorst and Bradley M. Endicott.