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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, July 31, 2023
Alison J. Ramsdell
, United States Attorney

Pierre Man Sentenced for Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm

PIERRE, S.D. -- U.S. Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court, has sentenced a Pierre, South Dakota, man convicted of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. The sentencing took place on July 31.

Devin Alexander Rosenblum, 28, was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. He was also ordered to forfeit interest in a Sturm, Ruger & Company pistol involved in the matter.

Rosenblum was indicted for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person by a federal grand jury in January. He pleaded guilty on March 16.

On October 26, 2022, the South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles issued an absconder warrant for Rosenblum. The Dakota Territory Fugitive Task Force adopted the warrant and arrested Rosenblum in Pierre on November 1, 2022. A bag in Rosenblum’s possession was searched and revealed a black Sturm, Ruger & Company Incorporated pistol. Rosenblum admitted the pistol belonged to his roommate and that he took it without permission. Rosenblum is precluded from possessing any firearms due to prior felony convictions. The pistol was identified as being shipped and transported in interstate commerce and foreign commerce.

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.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Pierre Police Department, Hughes County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Abby Roesler prosecuted the case.

 Rosenblum was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals.


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