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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, August 3, 2023

Rapid City Man Sentenced for Illegal Firearm Possession

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- U.S. Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken has sentenced a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of possession of firearm by a prohibited person. The sentencing took place on July 31.

Juan Crawford, 33, was sentenced to two years in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. He was also ordered to forfeit his possession and interest in a firearm and the accompanying ammunition.

Crawford was indicted for possession of firearm by a prohibited person by a federal grand jury in November 2022. He pleaded guilty on April 14.

On September 29, 2022, law enforcement stopped a vehicle driven by Crawford in Rapid City. During a search of the vehicle, law enforcement located a handgun that had previously been reported stolen in Isabel, South Dakota. Crawford is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing firearms.

This case was investigated by the South Dakota Highway Patrol and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.

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


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