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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

Rapid City Man Sentenced to Five Years on Firearm Charge

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime was sentenced on October 28, 2021, by Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Damion Goings, age 30, was sentenced to five years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Goings was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 17, 2020, and pleaded guilty on July 9, 2021. Between June 2010 and August 2020, Goings carried a firearm while distributing methamphetamine to others. Goings also received and possessed firearms as payment for methamphetamine.

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, the Rapid City Police Department, and the Meade County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson prosecuted the case.

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

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