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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Ronald A. Parsons, Jr.
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ace Crawford

Sioux Falls Man Charged for Possession of Firearm by Prohibited Person

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of possession of firearm by prohibited person was sentenced on February 14, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schrerer.

Peyton Michael Ledbetter, age 22, was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Ledbetter was indicted for felon in possession of a firearm by a federal grand jury on December 4, 2018. He pled guilty on October 22, 2019.

Law enforcement stopped the vehicle in which Ledbetter was driving on September 30, 2018, in Sioux Falls. During a search of his person and vehicle, law enforcement located a Winchester brand, 9xl9 mm Luger caliber round of ammunition, a Winchester brand 9xl9mm Luger caliber cartridge case, and a TulAmmo brand .380 AUTO caliber cartridge case.

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 is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. For more information about Project Guardian, please see:

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamara Nash prosecuted the case.

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


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