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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
Thursday, January 4, 2024

Eagle Butte Man Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person

PIERRE, S.D. — U.S. Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court, has sentenced an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. The sentencing took place on Jan. 3.

Jeremiah Iron Moccasin, 39, was sentenced to 13 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100 and forfeiture of the firearm.

Iron Moccasin was indicted by a federal grand jury in July 2023. He pleaded guilty on Oct. 2, 2023.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on March 24, 2023, when Iron Moccasin was placed under arrest on a tribal warrant with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Once at the jail, Iron Moccasin and his backpack were searched. Officers recovered a small baggie of methamphetamine, two syringes with methamphetamine and an Arminius HW7, GmbH .22 revolver. Iron Moccasin admitted to being a methamphetamine user for the last several years. This makes him a prohibited person.

This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges 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.

Iron Moccasin was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.


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