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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Alison J. Ramsdell, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Monday, May 1, 2023

Rapid City Man Sentenced for Illegal Possession of a Firearm

RAPID CITY - United States 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 a Firearm and Ammunition by a Prohibited Person. The sentencing took place on April 28, 2023.

Marcel Boyd, 37, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Boyd was indicted for Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition by a Prohibited Person by a federal grand jury in October of 2022. He pleaded guilty on February 2, 2023.

In August of 2022 in Rapid City, Boyd, a previously convicted felon who is prohibited from possessing firearms, was found in possession of a Taurus, 9x19 mm Luger caliber, semi-automatic pistol, as well as 9mm caliber ammunition, which was found when Boyd came into contact with law enforcement after officers responded to a domestic violence call for service.

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

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

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