Man faces five to 15 years in prison for possessing BB gun

A Brooklyn Center man is facing up to 15 years in prison for brandishing a BB gun.

According to the police complaint filed on Monday, Lucas Martel James strolled into an apartment in South Minneapolis with the "gun" in tow and declared he "would go wherever he wanted."

One of the apartment-dwellers left the building and flagged down Sergeant Gregory Freeman and told him that James had a "long, black machine gun." It remains unclear whether James knew the apartment’s occupants or, for that matter, why he showed up in the first place. (No breaking and entering or assault charges to speak of.)

Whatever the case, Sergeant Freeman arrived on scene to find the scoped air gun next to the couch. In a post-Miranda statement, James admitted he "played with the BB gun." After Freeman discovered that James had been convicted of simple robbery back in 1990, he arrested the 38-year-old for felony possession of a firearm. The charge carries a penalty of five to 15 years in prison and/or a $30,000 fine.