Minneapolis man sentenced to 22 years for illegal gun possession

A Minneapolis man has been sentenced to more than two decades in prison for illegal gun possession.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 60-year-old Gregory Lynn McCoy was sentenced Thursday to more than 22 years (272 months) in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

Prosecutors say law enforcement was told by a confidential informant that McCoy — who has multiple prior felony convictions — had a gun and drugs in 2019.

On Oct. 22, 2019, officers executed a search warrant on McCoy’s home and vehicle and found 20 bags of illegal narcotics, a box of .45 caliber ammunition and a .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol with a loaded magazine and two other magazines.

McCoy was then convicted of gun possession by a felon in November.

The attorney’s office says McCoy qualified for a higher sentence because of his multiple prior convictions.