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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of South Dakota
For Immediate Release
Alison J. Ramsdell, United States Attorney
Monday, August 22, 2022

Mobridge Man Sentenced for Firearm Charge

United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Mobridge, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on August 22, 2022, by Judge Charles B. Kornmann, U.S. District Court.

Taylor Charles Oster, age 51, was indicted in October of 2021. He pleaded guilty on April 26, 2022.

Oster was sentenced to three years of probation, a $5,000 fine, a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and forfeiture of a firearm and ammunition.

On June 29, 2021, Oster possessed a handgun in Mobridge while being under the influence of methamphetamine. The handgun was recovered next to a loaded magazine in a public place by law enforcement.

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.

This case was investigated by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Mobridge Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook prosecuted the case.

Oster was released after sentencing.

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