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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, July 22, 2021
Dennis R. Holmes
, United States Attorney

Rapid City Man Sentenced on Firearm Charge

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced by Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Judge.

Keanu Dillon, age 29, was sentenced on July 19, 2021, to 3 years in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stems from Dillon, a previously convicted felon who is prohibited from possessing firearms, being in possession of a Taurus, model 856, .38 Special caliber, double-action revolver, which was found after Dillon came into contact with law enforcement 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, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives and the Black Hills Fugitive Taskforce. Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson prosecuted the case.

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

St. Paul Field Division