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Associated Press, Published June 06 2012

Minn. felon with suspected ties to white supremacist groups pleads guilty to weapons charge

ST. PAUL — A Minnesota man with suspected ties to white supremacist groups has pleaded guilty to a weapons charge.

Thirty-one-year-old Samuel James Johnson of Austin pleaded guilty Wednesday to being a felon in possession of firearms.

In his plea agreement, Johnson admitted he possessed a semi-automatic assault rifle on Nov. 4, 2010. He was indicted in April on weapons charges.

Johnson's criminal history includes convictions in Mower (MOH'-ur) County for attempted robbery, robbery, possession of a short-barreled shotgun, and sale of a simulated controlled substance.

Prosecutors say because of his record, Johnson faces a minimum of 15 years in federal prison. The maximum sentence is life in prison.

A sentencing date has not been set.

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