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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of South Dakotaa

For Immediate Release

August 19, 2013

Brendan V. Johnson, United States Attorney

Contact: Ace Crawford
605-343-2913, Ext. 2101

Rapid City Man Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Firearm

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Felon in Possession of a Firearm was sentenced on August 14, 2013, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Daniel Thomas, age 31, was sentenced to 46 months of imprisonment, 2 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

On July 23, 2012, at Red Shirt, South Dakota, Thomas went to a residence with a .38 caliber Colt Cobra revolver, and when the person in the house got to the door, Thomas displayed the gun in his hand and asked where his "stuff" was. On that same date, Thomas kicked another individual and pointed the gun at that person. Thomas is prohibited from possessing firearms based on previous felony convictions, including possession of heroin, manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance, and taking a motor vehicle without permission.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman prosecuted the case.