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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Monday, August 18, 2014

Cherry Creek Man Charged With Possession Of Sawed-Off Shotgun And Assault With A Dangerous Weapon

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Cherry Creek, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession of a Sawed-Off Shotgun and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

Kelly Joe Romero, age 26, was indicted on July 17, 2013. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on July 30, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

Romero is alleged to have pulled and pointed a sawed-off shotgun at the victim in Cherry Creek in May of 2013.  

The charges are merely accusations and Romero is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case.   

Romero was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.  Trial has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015