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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of South Dakota

For Immediate Release

Thursday, August 5, 2021
Dennis R. Holmes
, United States Attorney

Custer Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Custer, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on July 30, 2021, by Judge Karen E. Schreier, U.S. District Court.

Kelly Campbell, age 28, was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Campbell was indicted for the charge by a federal grand jury August 20, 2020. He pleaded guilty on April 30, 2021.

The conviction stems from Campbell, a previously convicted felon who is prohibited from possessing firearms, being in possession of a Browning Arms Company, model Nomad, .22 Long Rifle caliber, semi-automatic pistol. This firearm was found in Campbell’s possession after a pursuit by the Rapid City Police Department on March 20, 2020.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives and the Rapid City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson prosecuted the case.

Campbell was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

St. Paul Field Division