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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of North Dakota

For Immediate Release

January 4, 2012

Timothy Q. Purdon, United States Attorney

Contact: Julie Hough, Public Information Officer
(701) 297-7400

Fort Totten Man Sentenced on Federal Firearm Charge

FARGO — U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Jan. 4, 2012, Shobie H. Shaw of Fort Totten, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Shaw, 33, pleaded guilty on Oct. 3, 2011, to possessing a High Standard Derringer, .22 magnum caliber rifle from August 2010 through May of 2011. Federal firearms statues prohibit possession of firearms by a convicted felon. According to the indictment filed, Shaw was previously convicted of destruction of property, a Class C felony in U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, on March 4, 1999. The incident occurred on the Spirt Lake Indian Reservation.

Judge Erickson sentenced Shaw to 23 months’ imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. Shaw was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Klemetsrud Puhl prosecuted the case.