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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, February 19, 2024

Sioux Falls Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Prohibited Possession of a Firearm

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier has sentenced a Sioux Falls man, convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person. The sentencing took place on February 16, 2024, in Sioux Falls.

Travene Tyrone Myers, 42, was sentenced to seven years and eight 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.

Myers was indicted for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person by a federal grand jury in September 2023. He pleaded guilty on November 7, 2023.

The conviction stems from an incident on July 10, 2023, when law enforcement was dispatched to an address in Sioux Falls. When officers arrived, they located Myers in a vehicle and initiated a stop. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, an officer located a fully loaded, semi-automatic pistol under the driver seat, which Myers, a convicted felon, admitted to possessing. 

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the Sioux Falls Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. U.S. Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell prosecuted the case.

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.

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


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