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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, February 1, 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. Circuit Judge Jonathan A. Kobes has sentenced a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of an Unregistered Firearm. The sentencing took place on January 31, 2023.

Shane McCloskey, 23, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100  special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

McCloskey was indicted for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person by a federal grand jury in February of 2022. He pleaded guilty on October 7, 2022.

In October of 2021, in Rapid City, McCloskey, a previously convicted felon who is prohibited from possessing firearms, was knowingly in possession of a SCCY, model CPX-2, 9mm Luger caliber, semi-automatic pistol, which was found after McCloskey 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 and the Rapid City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson prosecuted the case.

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


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