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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, February 3, 2023
Alison J. Ramsdell
, United States Attorney

Rapid City Man Sentenced for Illegal Possession of Firearm

RAPID CITY - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken has sentenced a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person. The sentencing took place on February 3, 2023.

Michael Wilson, 37, was sentenced to four 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.

Wilson was indicted for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person by a federal grand jury in April 2022. He pleaded guilty on October 21, 2022.

In February 2020, in Rapid City, Wilson, a previously convicted felon who is prohibited from possessing firearms, knowingly possessed a Taurus, 9mm caliber, semi-automatic pistol, which was found after Wilson came into contact with law enforcement.

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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Rapid City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson prosecuted the case.

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

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