Saturday, August 22, 2020

St. Paul Felon Charged With Illegally Possessing A Firearm

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging MIKLOS TERREL DATES, JR., 25, with one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. DATES, who was taken into custody earlier today, made his initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Becky R. Thorson in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota. DATES was ordered to remain in custody pending a formal detention and arraignment hearing, which is currently scheduled for August 24, 2020 at 4:30 pm, before Magistrate Judge Becky R. Thorson in U.S. District Court in St. Paul.

According to allegations in the indictment, on June 19, 2020, DATES possessed a Diamondback Model DB9 9mm semiautomatic pistol. Because DATES has prior felony convictions in Ramsey County, Blue Earth County, and U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, he is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the St. Paul Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the United States Marshals Service. This case was brought as part of the Twin Cities Violent Crime Task Force, a multi-agency effort that brings together additional federal and state resources to assist local law enforcement to investigate, arrest, and prosecute individuals responsible for gun violence in the Twin Cities. For more information about the Twin Cities Violent Crime Task Force, please visit

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Calhoun-Lopez is prosecuting the case.

The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Defendant Information:


St. Paul, Minn.


  • Felon in possession of a firearm, 1 count

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