Felon from New Ulm indicted for possessing four firearms

MINNEAPOLIS – A 49-year-old New Ulm man was indicted Monday in federal court for possessing four firearms.

Buck Otto White, also known as Timothy Joseph Hoffman was charged with one count of being felon in possession of a firearm, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release. He is currently held in the Nicollet County Jail.

The indictment alleges that on Feb. 14, 2013, White possessed a 10-gauge shotgun, .22 caliber rifle, 12-gauge shotgun, and a 7.62-caliber rifle. Because he is a felon, White is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.

His prior convictions include second-degree burglary (Hennepin County 1984), first-degree attempted burglary (Anoka County 1991), second-degree burglary (Kanabec County 1995), fourth-degree assault (Anoka County 1994), and attempted first-degree controlled substance law violation (Hennepin County 1996).

Because these convictions constitute crimes of violence or drug trafficking, White is subject to the federal Armed Career Criminal Act that mandates a minimum of 15 years in prison for anyone subsequently convicted in federal court of being a felon in possession of a firearm and/or ammunition.

The case is a result of an investigation by the Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office, New Ulm Police and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Newberry.

An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been committed by a defendant. A defendant, of course, is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial.

Last month, White was accused of burglarizing St. Peter storage units. Investigators used a GPS-tracking device to link the burglaries to White.

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