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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fort Thompson Man Sentenced For Felon In Possession Of Firearm

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man convicted of Felon in Possession of Firearm was sentenced on November 20, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.      

Bryant Ross, age 39, was sentenced to 9 months of imprisonment, 18 months of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Ross was indicted for the above charge by a federal grand jury on July 16, 2013.  He pled guilty on August 29, 2013. 

The conviction stems from an incident occurring on February 23, 2013, when a Bureau of Indian Affairs Officer made contact with Ross in the Old Fort campground area off of Highway 47.  At this time, it was learned that Ross had an active tribal warrant.  During his arrest on the tribal warrant, two firearms were discovered in Ross’ possession. 

In 1998, Ross was convicted of Possession of a Controlled Substance-Meth, which makes him a prohibited person.
         
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case. 

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

Updated June 22, 2015