A Monticello man who stole a gun from a residence within the city limits will serve 27 months in prison.

Traynor D. Daniels, 22, was convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon after pleading guilty to gun possession charges related to an Oct. 16 incident in the River Mill area of Monticello.

On Sept. 25, 2018, Daniels was convicted of making violent threats, a crime of violence that made him ineligible to possess a firearm.

But on Oct. 16, 2018, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office was called to a complaint on River Mill Drive on a report of a stolen firearm. Specifically, a complainant reported a 9mm Glock handgun was taken from a residence.

Daniels was visiting the residence prior to the reported disappearance of the gun. Court records state that a relative of the complainant allowed the gun to be handled by Daniels. The gun was reported stolen to a relative of Daniels, court records state. The gun was retrieved and taken to a Monticello gas station where the gun was handed over to a Wright County deputy. However, the serial number on the gun was scratched off. The gun owner also reported the gun was damaged.

Daniels was convicted on Sept. 18, the same day he was ordered to report to the St Cloud Correctional Facility, where he was expected to be held until Sept. 26 when he was scheduled to be transferred.

His expected release date is May 26, 2021, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections because he received credit for 205 days held in the Wright County Jail.

Reach Jeff Hage at jeff.hage@ecm-inc.com


Jeff Hage is the managing editor of the Monticello Times. He majored in journalism at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire.

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