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Fort Thompson Man Sentenced for Being Felon in Possession of Firearm

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man convicted of Felon in Possession of a Firearm was sentenced on February 19, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Craig Ross, age 29, was sentenced to 26 months in federal prison, followed by 2 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Ross was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 11, 2018.  He pled guilty on November 27, 2018.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on July 29, 2018, when Ross, having previously been convicted of a felony, was apprehended by law enforcement in possession of a firearm.  Law enforcement had heard gun shots and located Ross and another individual with a rifle.

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 make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Crow Creek Agency, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.

Ross was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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