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St Paul (KROC AM News) - A Minnesota man who was prohibited from possessing guns is facing a possible prison sentence after pleading guilty in a case involving the death of a young child.

During an appearance in US District Court in St Paul Thursday, 34-year-old Philip Jones of Moorhead pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm in his residence.

Clay County Sheriff Office
Clay County Sheriff Office

According to court documents, while Jones was away from the residence a visiting child found the loaded gun under a large snack chip box in the kitchen. The gun went off, hitting and killing a 6-year-old boy.

Investigators learned that three other juveniles were present in the residence at the time of the incident.

Because Jones has multiple prior felony convictions in Hennepin and Anoka Counties, federal law prohibits him from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.

A sentencing date has not been set.

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