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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of South Dakota
Alison J. Ramsdell, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Aberdeen Man Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person

ABERDEEN, S.D. — U.S. Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann has sentenced an Aberdeen, South Dakota, man convicted of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. The sentencing took place on August 14.

Tujuane Leno Lowry, 46, was sentenced to seven years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Lowry was indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2022. He pleaded guilty on May 24.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on June 18, 2022, in Aberdeen, when Lowry was observed on video holding a handgun he had pulled from a white tube sock. He was also observed on the video using methamphetamine. Lowry is a felon and is prohibited from possessing firearms. The firearm was later recovered by law enforcement and determined to have been a stolen firearm.

This case was investigated by the Aberdeen Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Meghan N. Dilges and Carl Thunem prosecuted the 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 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.

Lowry was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals.


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