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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of South Dakota

For Immediate Release

April 2, 2013

Brendan V. Johnson, United States Attorney

Contact: Ace Crawford
605-343-2913 Ext. 2101

Pine Ridge Man Pleads Guilty to Felon in Possession of a Firearm

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Daniel Thomas, age 30, of Pine Ridge, South appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on March 27, 2013 and pled guilty to Felon in Possession of a Firearm. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years’ imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine.

On July 23, 2012 at Red Shirt, Thomas, a previously convicted felon, illegally possessed a Colt Cobra .38 caliber revolver. The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman.

A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date will be scheduled. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.