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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of South Dakota
Dennis R. Holmes , United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Saturday, April 2, 2022

Rapid City Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of Firearm

United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on March 28, 2022, by Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Harold Dooley, age 32, was sentenced to four years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Dooley was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 17, 2019, and pleaded guilty on October 15, 2021. The conviction stems from Dooley, a previously convicted felon who is prohibited from possessing firearms, illegally possessing a Phoenix Arms, model HP22A, .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol, which was found after Dooley came into contact with law enforcement in November 2019 in Rapid City.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Rapid City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson prosecuted the case.

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

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