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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
www.justice.gov/usao-sd
Tuesday, July 26, 2022

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

United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man was sentenced on July 18, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken.  Lebeau was previously convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person, following a two-day jury trial in federal court in March 2022.

Montgomery LeBeau, age 41, was sentenced to five 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.

Lebeau was indicted by a federal grand jury in January of 2022.  The conviction stems from Lebeau, a previously convicted felon who is prohibited from possessing firearms, knowingly possessing a Hi-Point, model JCP, .40 Smith & Wesson caliber, semi-automatic pistol, which was found after Lebeau came into contact with law enforcement in October 2021 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.

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

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