17-year-old gets five years in prison after flaunting guns on Facebook
Tommy Lee Basswood, 17, of Ponsford, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for a felony firearms violation.
According to court records, on Feb. 14, 2017, he was adjudged delinquent on a felony charge of first-degree burglary and was prohibited from possessing firearms for life.
On July 26, 2018, the Becker County Sheriff's Office received information that he had posted photos showing him holding guns, on his Facebook page, under the screen name Tguns Thompson.
A sheriff's sergeant and Basswood's probation officer positively identified him in the gun photo. One weapon appeared to be a sawed-off shotgun.
A search warrant was obtained for his Facebook account, and investigators found photos of him with guns, including a 20-gauge Mossberg 500 shotgun that had been reported stolen in Fargo.
An Aug. 19, 2018, search of his bedroom turned up a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun with a live round in it, hidden between some mattresses, and a tribal ID with his name on it. The bedroom matched the Facebook photo of him with the gun. He was arrested on a warrant Aug. 22, 2018, and on Nov. 27, 2018, he was certified as an adult in the case.
Basswood appeared in court April 17 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who sentenced him to 60 months in prison at St. Cloud. He was ordered to pay a $50 fine and $140 in court fees from his prison pay.