U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of South Dakota
District of South Dakotaa
For Immediate Release
July 1, 2013
Brendan V. Johnson, United States Attorney
Contact: Ace Crawford
605-343-2913, Ext. 2101
Pine Ridge Man Found Guilty of Firearm Offense
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota man indicted for Felon in Possession of a Firearm has been found guilty by a federal jury. Timothy George Buckman, age 28, was convicted by a federal jury on June 26, 2013 for the firearm offense.
He was indicted in April 2013 following an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The investigation produced evidence from the social media site Facebook, where pictures were posted of Buckman holding a 12–gauge shotgun.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years= imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine. The charge stems from an incident occurring between January and September 2012 when Buckman possessed a 12–gauge shotgun. A prior felony conviction in 2009 prohibits Buckman from possessing a firearm.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sarah B. Collins. A sentencing date has not been set.