Department of Justice
For Immediate Release
Rapid City Man Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person
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 April 24, 2023.
Kyle Mackay, 33, 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.
Kyle Mackay was indicted for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person by a federal grand jury in May of 2021. He pleaded guilty on January 20, 2023.
On January 28, 2021, law enforcement had contact with Mackay after he was reported as an unwanted subject at the gas station on East Highway 44 in Rapid City. Once he was identified, law enforcement discovered Mackay had an active arrest warrant. When he was searched, Mackay had a firearm on his person, as well as approximately a half ounce of methamphetamine. A check of the firearm showed it had been reported as stolen. Because of a previous felony conviction, Mackay is prohibited from being in possession of firearms.
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, Rapid City Police Department, Dakota Territory Fugitive Task Force, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.
Mackay was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.