An Austin man arrested after a drive-by shooting incident in June is pleading guilty to a charge of illegal firearm possession in Mower County District Court.
20-year old Manamany Omot Abella was arrested on June 22 and charged with drive-by shooting, 2nd degree assault, and being a violent felon in possession of a firearm. The Austin Police Department reported that Abella was connected with gunfire directed at an apartment in the 300 block of South Main Street on June 22. Officers recovered four live rounds and two shell casings from the area. No one was injured by the gunfire.
Abella has now pleaded guilty to a charge of being a violent felon in possession of a firearm. Court records state that Abella has previous convictions for 3rd degree assault and 1st degree burglary.
No sentencing date has been set in the case at this time.