St. Paul Man Pleads Guilty to Purchase of Gun used in Mass Shooting

A man from St. Paul has entered a guilty plea in federal court for his involvement as a middleman in a gun-buying conspiracy that resulted in the fatal shooting at the Seventh Street Truck Park last October.

Gabriel Lee Young-Duncan, 27, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to make a false statement in the acquisition of a handgun in U.S. District Court on Wednesday. A date for sentencing has yet to be set.

According to a January indictment, Young-Duncan plotted with Minneapolis resident Jerome Fletcher Horton Jr., 25, to acquire at least 25 weapons from Twin Cities gun dealers, which he planned to sell to third parties who couldn’t lawfully buy a gun.

According to court filings, Horton filed a paperwork to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives each time, saying “he was the true buyer of the firearm.” A federally licensed weapon dealer will not sell a gun to someone who has previously been convicted of a felony, according to the papers, “thus the actual buyer of the handgun is a fact upon which the transaction will depend.”

Horton was indicted in the plan on Oct. 20 and pled guilty March 3 after being detained shortly after a gunfight at the St. Paul dining hall and bar on Oct. 10 that killed a bystander and injured 15 others. Currently, he is awaiting sentence.

According to an earlier indictment against Horton, ATF officials linked a semiautomatic 9mm pistol seized at the scene back to the Blaine Fleet Farm, where it was acquired in July by Horton.

According to the accusation, the pistol was subsequently given to Young-Duncan, who sold it to a third party.

The revolver was in the hands of Devondre Trevon Phillips, 29, one of two individuals accused with the death of Marquisha Wiley, 27, of South St. Paul, and many counts of attempted murder, according to authorities investigating the Seventh Street Truck Park incident.

In Ramsey County District Court, Terry Lorenzo Brown Jr., 33, is also accused.

Due to prior crimes, neither Brown nor Phillips were permitted to own firearms.

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