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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
Monday, July 10, 2023

Rapid City Man Sentenced for Illegally Possessing a Firearm and Ammunition

RAPID CITY - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on July 7, 2023, by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken.

Duane Starkey, age 33, was sentenced to two years and six 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.

Starkey was indicted by a federal grand jury in September of 2022 and pleaded guilty in March of 2023.

The conviction stems from Starkey, a previously convicted felon who is prohibited from possessing firearms, being in possession of a SCCY 9mm caliber semi-automatic pistol and Remington 9mm Luger ammunition in August of 2022 in Rapid City, which was found after Starkey came into contact with law enforcement.

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.

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.

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

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