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Felon's own facebook videos provide evidence in jury guilty verdict

A Crow Wing County jury returned a guilty verdict Thursday in the trial of Justin A. Hanson.

The 21-year-old convicted felon was charged with violating state law prohibiting convicted felons from possessing firearms. The jury trial lasted two days. The jury deliberated just more than two hours before returning a verdict.

The criminal complaint alleged on Aug. 24, 2012, law enforcement observed videos on Hanson’s Facebook account. Videos uploaded on Aug. 23, 2012, showed Hanson and an associate firing a 12-gauge pump shotgun with a pistol-style grip with black tape on it.

Further review of the video and other information showed it was taken at Hanson’s deceased father’s property in Crow Wing County, referred to as “Hanson’s Hideaway” by Hanson. On Aug. 28, 2012, Hanson posted a message about an incident that took place at Hanson’s Hideaway, where a .22-caliber rifle was taken from the residence.

The Crow Wing County Attorney’s office reported Hanson advised the people involved in the incident that he would have shot them with a 12-gauge and left them in wheelchairs had he been there. On Aug. 29, 2012, Woodbury detectives took a statement from Hanson.

Hanson admitted shooting his dad’s gun at Hanson’s Hideaway sometime in July of 2012 before he was incarcerated Aug. 11-19, 2012. Hanson stated he believed the individuals he threatened in the video were at his cabin during that time. He also stated the gun would still be at Hanson’s Hideaway.

Officers executed a search warrant at Hanson’s Hideaway on Aug. 29, 2012. Inside the trailer, they located the 12-gauge shotgun along with spent 12-gauge shells in the yard. The shotgun had the same black tape on the handle as seen in the video. Inside the residence, officers also located both spent and loaded .22-caliber cartridges, 12-gauge shotgun shells and 9 mm cartridges.

The case was investigated by the Woodbury Police Department and the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office. Hanson was remanded to custody. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled.

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