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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Dennis R. Holmes
, United States Attorney

Little Eagle Man Sentenced to Three Years on Firearm Charge

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Little Eagle, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Stolen Firearm was sentenced on October 28, 2021, by Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Keith Looking Back, age 39, was sentenced to three years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Looking Back was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 11, 2020, and pleaded guilty on May 26, 2021. In April 2020, Looking Back knowingly possessed a stolen SIG Sauer, model SIG MCX, 5.56 caliber semi-automatic rifle. The rifle had been stolen by other individuals from Pawn With Us in Rapid City in April 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, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Rapid City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson prosecuted the case.

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

St. Paul Field Division