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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, February 9, 2024
Alison J. Ramsdell
, United States Attorney

Parmelee Man Sentenced for Possession of Unregistered Firearm, Possession of Firearm by a Prohibited Person, and Assault on a Federal Officer

PIERRE, S.D. — U.S. Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange has sentenced a Parmelee, South Dakota, man convicted following two separate jury trials of possession of unregistered firearm, possession of firearm by a prohibited person and assaulting, resisting and impeding a federal officer. The sentencings took place Feb. 1.

Jeremy Duane Young, 29, was sentenced to seven years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $300.

Young was indicted by a federal grand jury in March 2023 on the firearm offenses and in April 2023 on the assault offense.   

The firearm conviction stemmed from an incident in May 2022 in the Soldier Creek community within the Rosebud Reservation. Young, a previously convicted felon who was prohibited from possessing firearms, was found in possession of a short-barrel 12-gauge shotgun, which was found after Young came into contact with law enforcement following a traffic stop. The short shotgun was not registered to Young in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record as required by law. As part of the investigation, Young admitted to law enforcement that he and another individual were on their way to Sioux Falls on a drug run to pick up methamphetamine.

The assault conviction stemmed from an incident in March 2023, in the Soldier Creek community within the Rosebud Reservation, when Young assaulted a Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Officer. The officer had been called to the community over a concern of a running vehicle blocking the roadway and determined Young was passed out in the driver’s seat. When the officer contacted Young to get out of the vehicle, Young refused to exit, became argumentative and combative and engaged in a physical struggle with the officer. Young then punched the officer in the face and fled on foot. Young was located and arrested an hour later.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Meghan N. Dilges and Brian Murphy prosecuted the case.

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

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities and measuring the results.

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