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Man gets jail for having shotgun

A Ponsford man was convicted and sentenced in Becker County District Court on two separate felony firearms violations, as well as a charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

Beaux Michael Duvall, 24, of 28100 476th St., Ponsford, was sentenced on one of the firearms violations to 17 months in prison, stayed on conditions including completion of a 180-day jail sentence, up to five years of supervised probation, and community service in lieu of a $500 fine. That sentence was related to an incident in which Duvall was found in possession of a sawed-off shotgun at a Waboose Drive residence on Oct. 25, 2012.

According to the criminal complaint, officers were searching the residence to find a person who had an active felony warrant for their arrest. During the search, they found Duvall asleep in the bedroom. When he came out of the bedroom, he quickly turned around and went back inside, saying he needed a pair of socks. A deputy at the scene found Duvall and another woman in the bedroom, apparently searching for something beneath the mattress on the bed. He subsequently observed two shotgun shells on a shelf, and looked under the mattress, where he found the shotgun with two live rounds inside.

Duvall was also sentenced Friday in relation to a second incident that occurred on Sept. 5, 2012.

On that firearms violation, he was ordered to serve 15 months in jail, stayed on conditions including 180 days in jail and up to five years’ probation, as well as community service in lieu of a $500 fine. On the related charge of fleeing a peace officer, Duvall was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison, also stayed on conditions including 180 days in jail and up to four years of supervised probation. A felony drug possession charge was dismissed at sentencing. Duvall was behind the wheel of a vehicle that an officer attempted to stop at around 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 5, after noticing that the vehicle’s rear license plate was missing.

When Duvall was asked to exit the vehicle, he reportedly stepped on the accelerator instead, proceeding north at a high rate of speed. The vehicle eventually pulled into the driveway of a residence on Waboose Drive and stopped, after which Duvall was detained and questioned.

According to the report, Duvall said he fled the scene because he had an illegal firearm in the vehicle; the officer noticed a weapon lying in plain view on the back seat. Duvall was also found to have a pill containing oxycodone in one of his pockets.