A 53-year-old man who led authorities on a high-speed chase in southern Minnesota last June has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison.
Motorists near Albert Lea called 9-1-1 to report a man was driving erratically and had pointed a gun at another driver. Officers tried to arrest Moses Francisco, but he raced down Interstate 35, going nearly 100 miles an hour at times. He was stopped by a blockade of snowplows just across the Minnesota border, near Northwood, Iowa. After a two-hour stand-off, he surrendered. Prosecutors say, Francisco, who is from Belize, had a number of passports in his car and he was carrying other forms of I-D as well.
Francisco pleaded guilty this fall to illegally re-entering the U.S. as a felon and to unlawfully possessing a gun as a felon and an illegal alien. He was sentenced yesterday (Tuesday) by a federal judge in northern Iowa.