ST. PAUL – A Moorhead man pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally possessing a firearm in his residence after a minor was shot and killed with his gun.

According to court documents, on March 2, 2021, 34-year-old Phillip Jones, Jr., had a Walther .40 caliber pistol in his Moorhead residence.

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 second child.

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Jones has multiple prior felony convictions in Hennepin and Anoka Counties and therefore is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.

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