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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, January 2, 2020
Ronald A. Parsons, Jr.
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ace Crawford

Rosebud Man Sentenced for Felon in Possession of a Firearm

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota, man convicted of Felon in Possession of a Firearm was sentenced on January 2, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Alvin Running Horse, Jr., age 41, was sentenced to 9 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Running Horse was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 26, 2019. He pled guilty on September 25, 2019.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred on April 23, 2019. On that date, Running Horse got into a confrontation with his wife at his residence in Rosebud. Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services (RSTLES) officers responded to a call for service at the residence. Running Horse’s wife reported that Running Horse left with a firearm. Running Horse was subsequently stopped by RSTLES officers and the firearm was found in his possession.

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 make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of its renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and local communities to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson prosecuted the case.

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


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