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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Brendan V. Johnson
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ace Crawford

Rapid City Man Sentenced for Possession of a Stolen Firearm

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Stolen Firearm was sentenced on January 9, 2014, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Sheldon LaPointe, age 38, was sentenced to 48 months in custody, 3 years of supervised release, ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stems from LaPointe being in possession of a stolen Colt .45 caliber handgun, which he was hiding to protect his niece. The niece had stolen the gun on October 19, 2012, at Rapid City.

This case was investigated by the Rapid City Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman prosecuted the case.

LaPointe was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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