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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, May 3, 2023

Parmelee Man Sentenced for Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm

PIERRE - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court, has sentenced a Parmelee, South Dakota, man convicted of being a Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm. The sentencing took place on May 2, 2023.

Alun James Guerue, age 27, was sentenced to time served from May 2, 2023, through August 14, 2023, equaling approximately three and half months of custody, followed by three years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100. He was also ordered to forfeit the Glock 19 pistol and ammunition involved in the matter.

Guerue was indicted by a federal grand jury in November of 2021. He pleaded guilty on January 19, 2023.

The conviction stemmed from an incident near Soldier Creek, South Dakota, on February 26, 2021, when a law enforcement officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling 83-mph in a 65-mph zone. The driver was identified as Guerue. A search of the vehicle uncovered a Glock 19 pistol, marijuana, and cocaine. The pistol belonged to Guerue, who was an unlawful user of a controlled substance, thus prohibited from possessing any firearms. The pistol had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce and foreign commerce.

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 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.

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

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