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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
Friday, April 19, 2024

Sioux Falls Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Illegal Receipt of a Firearm by a Person Under Indictment

SIOUX FALLS - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier has sentenced a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man, convicted of Illegal Receipt of a Firearm by a Person Under Indictment. The sentencing took place on April 16, 2024, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Lucas Ewald Ahrendt, age 32, was sentenced to two years and three months federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He was ordered to pay $100 as a statutorily required special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Ahrendt was indicted for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person and Illegal Receipt of a Firearm by a Person Under Indictment by a federal grand jury in August of 2023. He pleaded guilty to Illegal Receipt of a Firearm by a Person Under Indictment on January 26, 2024.

In the evening December 26, 2022, in the West 57th area of Sioux Falls, a passerby observed Ahrendt in the front passenger seat of a truck, smoking a marijuana joint while waving a handgun around. That passerby made a report of the concerning behavior to law enforcement who made contact with Ahrendt and located a Glock handgun, loaded with a full magazine and a bullet in the chamber. Marijuana and fentanyl were also located in the vehicle. Ahrendt was prohibited from possessing firearms because he was under indictment for a felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance in Moody County, South Dakota, when he received the firearm.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Sioux Falls Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Ebert prosecuted the case.

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.

Ahrendt was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to continue serving his sentence.

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