Forum News Service, Published January 26 2014
Felon’s Facebook video gives evidence for guilty verdictBRAINERD, Minn. - Video on a defendant’s Facebook page helped a jury convict him last week of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The Crow Wing County jury returned the guilty verdict Thursday against Justin A. Hanson, 21.
The criminal complaint alleged that on Aug. 24, 2012, law enforcement observed video on Hanson’s Facebook account that showed Hanson and an associate firing a 12-gauge pump shotgun with a pistol-style grip with black tape on it.
Further review showed the video was taken at Hanson’s deceased father’s property in Crow Wing County, which Hanson referred to as “Hanson’s Hideaway.”
On Aug. 28, 2012, Hanson posted a message about an incident at the property in which a .22-caliber rifle was taken from the residence. The Crow Wing County Attorney’s Office said Hanson told 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.
Detectives said Hanson admitted shooting his dad’s gun at Hanson’s Hideaway sometime in July 2012, before he was incarcerated Aug. 11-19, 2012. According to authorities, Hanson said he believed the people he threatened in the video were at his cabin during that time, and that the gun would still be at Hanson’s Hideaway.
Officers executed a search warrant at Hanson’s Hideaway and found the shotgun in the trailer, 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.
Hanson was remanded to custody last week, and a sentencing hearing will be scheduled.