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Trial begins for man with firearms charge

A jury trial was set to begin Monday for a Detroit Lakes man facing felony charges of prohibited possession of a firearm and aiding an offender by obstructing an investigation or prosecution.

Barris Duane Guy, 27, of 1325 Loring Ave., Detroit Lakes, was charged in connection with a Sept. 22, 2012 attempted robbery at a Detroit Lakes residence.

According to the criminal complaint, Guy and Stephen Ray Greenfeather entered the home without permission, and attempting to steal some television sets. After arguing with one of the home’s owners — they were both inside the house at the time — Greenfeather allegedly pulled a handgun from the waistband of his pants and threatened to fire.

After failing in their attempt to steal the TV sets, both men allegedly fled the scene, Guy taking off on foot while Greenfeather got into a waiting vehicle that was driven by Jonathon Joseph Fossen, 23, of 33369 County Road 109, Ogema.

Fossen was also charged with aggravated first degree robbery and fifth degree drug possession in connection with the same incident. The drug charge came from the fact that several pills were found inside the vehicle that he used.

A subsequent investigation led to Guy’s home, where the pistol Greenfeather had allegedly used was found hidden in his closet. Guy was prohibited from possessing a firearm as the result of a 2008 conviction for criminal sexual conduct.

Fossen has already had his day in court. The robbery charge was dismissed, and he was given a statutory stay of adjudication on the drug charge, on conditions including serving up to five years of supervised probation as well as two days in jail, and payment $1,160 in court fines and fees. If he successfully completes all the terms of his probation, the second charge will be dismissed as well.